The Parliamentary delegations of the Chamber of Deputies, which have recently taken part in various international forums, began to present their reports before the chamber, in session under the moderation of the President of the institution, Gaudencio Mohaba Messu.
On 9th May, the session of the Chamber of Deputies heard the report from deputies Feliciano Nvo Oluy and Josefina Madja Nseng Mangue, who were part of the delegation from the National Parliament that took part in the meeting of the Commission on Parliamentary Affairs of the Parliamentary Assembly for French-speaking, held in Brussels (Belgium) from 20th to 23rd of March.
The session was opened by the President of the Parliamentary Assembly for French-speaking, Robert Aubin. Those gathered first approved the agenda for the meeting, and the minutes from the previous one, which was held in Luxembourg, in June 2017.
A report was also heard from the President of the Parliamentary Affairs Commission, and reports on personal data protection in French-speaking areas, the code of ethics for French-speaking parliaments, the parliamentary representation of ex-pats in the French-speaking world and the role of parliaments in the balance of power with governments, were analysed.
The commission also looked at reports on the NOIRA programme, conceived to reduce the digital gap between the assemblies of the north and south, the programme for parliamentary cooperation, parliamentary seminars and training courses, the Parliament of Young French-speakers, the project on agreements between the assembly and external institutions, its proposal for the sixteenth summit on French-speaking, and the monitoring of resolutions.
The code of ethics for parliaments includes the set of rules covering the behaviour of these institutions in the pursuit of their functions, an aspect that is already covered in the Equatoguinean Parliamentary Regulations; for that reason, the delegation from our country highlighted the fact, and distributed examples of the regulations and the Code of Conduct for the Honourable Deputies, so that the Parliamentary Affairs Commission could understand the functioning of Parliament in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
In relation to the Parliament of Young French-speakers, created in 1999, the participants reported that it was a free programme of citizen training, which provides young people with the opportunity to get to know and evaluate the work done by parliaments, in order to promote democratic values and strengthen youth political leadership capacities.
The call to form part of the youth Parliament is made through various media outlets, and those with the highest marks will be selected as Young Departmental Parliamentarians.
The report recommended the possibility of carrying out the idea of a Youth Parliament in our country, and the matter was looked at in detail, because some deputies consider that more information must be obtained on the implementation of this idea before the proposal is put into practice, above all with reference to the selection criteria for the young applicants.
The next meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly for French-speaking will take place in Quebec (Canada) in the month of July 2018.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea