In her opening statement, AWEPA’s President, Ms. Miet Smet, reaffirmed AWEPA’s commitment to the strengthening of African legislatures stating that “strong parliaments lie at the heart of Africa’s development and prosperity” and that “to support parliaments is to support democracy”. NIMD Supervisory Council member and former Dutch Minister of Defence, Eimert Van Middelkoop, followed and insisted on the value of trust in politics and mutual respect. Members of parliament and political party representatives strongly welcomed AWEPA’s renewed engagement with the National Assembly of Benin and stressed the relevance of the programme’s support to the latter and to Benin’s highly polarised party system. The main outcome of the launch workshop was the establishment of a Steering Committee composed of Members of Parliament and representatives of all Political Parties.
Location: Cotonou, Benin.