The European Union (EU) Country Office in Sierra Leone, through its support to the good governance process in the country, is supporting the Fifth Parliament of the Second Republic of Sierra Leone, in the areas of capacity building, infrastructural needs, and general improvement in the legislative process.
EU support to Parliament is divided into two components, the first component deals with capacity-building and training of MPs and staff and the second component focuses on the critical infrastructure and technological needs of Parliament.
On the Technical Component, the EU supported the Fifth Parliament to hold the first-ever leadership and staff retreat geared toward strengthening the operational efficiency of the House. EU also supported and facilitated the first-ever “Parliament Open Day”, with a view of making Parliament open, accessible accountable, and transparent to the citizens.
This International Partner had also Supported Parliament on the establishment of its first-ever communication strategy. Currently, a consultant has been hired to review the strategic plan (2021-2024) for Parliament.
A good number of MPs and staff have benefited from human capacity-building training supported by the EU to strengthen the legislative process with a special focus on legislative drafting, parliamentary practice, and procedure, legislative research, Parliamentary Budget Office and the committee system. The Female Parliamentary Caucus has also benefited from the technical component by strengthening women’s representation and gender equality issues.
In light of House rules and procedures, the EU is supporting the review of systems and processes to enhance inter-committee relations for legislative strengthening – support measures for increased openness and transparency of the legislative process and Identify key areas of action, arising from Parliament’s Strategic priorities.
On the critical infrastructural and technology needs; the EU has supported Parliament on the Improvement of the Parliamentary website including its structure and content, establishes a mechanism for contacting MPs, upgrade in the ICT infrastructure, payments for the hosting of the website, provide ICT materials for the chambers and roll-out general improvement in the ICT infrastructure in Parliament
On the infrastructural development component also, the EU is supporting the refurbishment of the Main Building of Parliament, construct a walk way and a ramp linking the main building to the Administrative Building, refurbish the age-long electrical system of the main building, upgrade the toilet system, and the extension of the offices of the Leadership of Parliament.
The infrastructural project is also designed to construct an elevator from the House Chamber to the Upper Galley, construct a major water reservoir and a security post, and provide a new generator plant for the House.
The overall objective of the project of which this contract will be a part; is strengthened democracy and governance in order to enhanced legislative process, institutional relevance and effectiveness of Parliament.
The Leadership of Parliament and staff appreciated the support from the European Union Country Office in Sierra Leone, for their remarkable support on the development and effectiveness of Parliament. The Leadership of Parliament vowed to work with EU in making Parliament open and accessible for its citizens.