The National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) has organized a two-day conference on Emerging Democracies: Challenges and Opportunities in collaboration with the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) from 17-18 June 2013 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria.
The conference aims to explore the threats faced by emerging democracies in Africa and identify opportunities for nurturing and consolidating these democracies. It also aims to explore key challenges for strengthening democracies in fragile and post-conflict contexts.
In addition, NILS, ECOWAS-Parliament and AWEPA will use this opportunity to sign two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) during the first day of the conference. Miet Smet, Minister of State and President of AWEPA, will travel to Abuja to sign these important documents. They formalize a milestone in AWEPA’s collaboration with the West Africa region in general, and the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in particular. The MoU with ECOWAS-P will be signed by Hon. Ike Ekweremadu, President of ECOWAS-Parliament and Vice-President of the Nigerian National Assembly. The MoU between AWEPA and NILS will be signed by Dr. Ladi Hamalai, Director General of NILS. The groundwork for these agreements was laid during meetings held in Abuja between 15 and 17 January 2013, when the three entities discussed the details and objectives for a long-term partnership.
The conference will cover the following topics:
- Emerging Democracies: Challenges and Opportunities;
- Managing Conflict & Development: Sharing Experiences;
- Challenges of Leadership in Emerging Democracies in Africa: A Legislative Perspective
- Reversing Youth Unemployment & Violence in Africa: Strategies for Quick Wins;
- Legislative/Executive Relationship: Towards Building a Pact for Good Governance and Accountability;
- Effective Governance: Delivering on infrastructure and Social Services in Africa; and
- Opening up Political Competition and Effective Participation
Participants will include distinguished leaders from across Africa, local and international academics and intellectuals, development partners, legislators and other stakeholders.
The Conference will be declared open by the President of the Senate and Chairman of the Nigerian National Assembly, His Excellency, Senator David Mark.
The National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) is an organ of the National Assembly (NASS) established by an Act of Parliament. It is a research, training and capacity building institute.