Posted by: africanpressorganization | 5 March 2010

EALA speaker launches global portal for parliamentary development / Shared knowledge is the path to future development, notes EALA Speaker





EALA speaker launches global portal for parliamentary development / Shared knowledge is the path to future development, notes EALA Speaker



ARUSHA, Tanzania, March 5, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Rt. Hon. Abdirahin H. Abdi 2 March 2010 launched the AGORA portal for Parliamentary Development at the occasion of the International Conference on benchmarking and self-assessment for democratic legislatures held at the French National Assembly in Paris. The launch was jointly organised by the French National Assembly, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNDP and DFID and marked the inauguration of the first global virtual platform for knowledge sharing on parliamentary development.

Speaking at the event attended by H.E Bernard Accoyer, President of the French National Assembly, Mr. Olar Kjorven, Assistant Secretary General, UNDP, Mr. Jacques Legendre, Secretary General of the Francophone Parliamentary Association, Dr. William F. Shija Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Members of the EALA and other Parliaments, the Speaker expressed his gratitude towards the rare opportunity accorded to him to officially launch the AGORA portal ( noting that “It is a clear indication to us that you hold the East African Legislative Assembly and its work in the highest esteem.”

In his speech the Speaker emphasized that “innovation is yet another precursor aimed at facilitating public outreach and transmission of information to various stakeholders so that parliamentary activities are implemented without the risk of duplication.” The team has developed a collaborative network which promotes interactive display of information with a very simple end user accessibility options and compatibility.

The event brought together key stakeholders in parliamentary circles to witness the technological advancement capable of taking parliamentary democracy to yet another level. It is expected that the Portal will enable Parliaments to benchmark best practices amongst the various institutions; help Parliaments share experiences from different backgrounds; and, will also enable the institutions to discuss topics of importance to the strengthening of global Parliaments. “After all, shared knowledge forges stronger ties, is the foundation for empowerment and spearheads future development,” noted the Speaker.

Hon. Abdi urged all key stakeholders to provide all the relevant information in order to facilitate the planning process, offer better coordination of donor assistance without risk of overlaps, and to create stronger linkages between donors, Parliaments and other stakeholders in order to make the portal more relevant and successful.


The AGORA Portal for Parliamentary Development is a one-stop reference centre and hub for knowledge sharing on parliamentary development. This multilateral, global initiative brings together parliamentarians, parliamentary staff, donors, practitioners, as well as academia, civil society and the media. The portal aims to be the world’s premier resource for information on parliamentary development. It seeks to consolidate knowledge, expertise and lessons learned, as well as facilitate active collaboration among the worldwide parliamentary development community of practice.

AGORA has three main objectives:

•     To act as a hub of information and expertise on parliamentary development programmes;

•     To promote the global streamlining of parliamentary development activities and advocate for parliamentary development worldwide;

•     To consolidate knowledge and expertise, and to create an active online community for those working in parliaments and in the field of parliamentary development.

AGORA seeks to promote national and local parliamentary institutions as potential drivers of development by highlighting the crucial role of parliamentary assemblies within democratic political systems. AGORA emphasizes the responsibilities of these institutions in such policy areas as the following: Crisis prevention and recovery, Development and Implementation of Pro-Poor Policies, Children’s Rights, MDG Awareness, Policies on Gender and Minorities, Sustainable Development.



East African Community (EAC)


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