ICTs helping legislative processes – Matibini

SPEAKER of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini says the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) has made it possible for his staff and members of Parliament to keep themselves abreast with current legislative practices.
Dr Matibini said ICTs have helped Parliament in its association with many international parliamentary bodies such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
“Parliament is able to have online exchange programmes with other parliaments in developing the best legislative practices,’’ he said.
Dr Matibini was speaking in Lusaka yesterday when he received a donation of assorted items from the vice chairperson of the standing committee of the National People’s Congress of China, Xian Gbapingcuo.
Dr Matibini said the donation demonstrates the close diplomatic relations that exist between Parliament and China.
He said the donation, which comprises computers, printers, photocopiers and fax machines, among other things, will enhance the legislative function of Parliament.
Dr Matibini said there is need for Parliament to be up-to-date with latest technology in the fast-growing technological age.
Meanwhile, Chinese ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming said he is happy to hand over the equipment to the National Assembly.
“I hope the equipment will be of help to the National Assembly of Zambia,” Mr Yang said.
He pointed out that the two countries have a historical relationship, which has been strengthened by different partnerships.
Mr Yang said over the years, there has been an increase in Zambian students studying in China.

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