ANNE MAKINDA SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
Ms Anne Makinda speaker of the National Assembly is expected to lead a delegation of five parliamentarians at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) summit to be held in Quebec, Canada.
The meeting, which is scheduled to start today (Sunday) will run through October 26, this year, in the North American country.
Ms Makinda will be accompanied by Mr Hamad Rashid Mohamed (Wawi-CUF), Ms Susan Lyimo (Special Seats-CHADEMA), Mr David Kafulila (Kigoma South-NCCR Mageuzi) and Ms Pudenciana Kikwembe (Special Seats-CCM).
According to a statement issued by the Communication Unit of Parliament in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the meeting under the theme ‘Citizenship, Identity and Linguistic and Culture Diversity in a Globalized World’ aims at strengthening parliamentary diplomacy among IPU member states across the world.
Apart from the main theme, MPs from IPU will also discuss in smaller groups a number of sub-themes such as enforcing the responsibility to protect the role of Parliament in safeguarding civilians’ lives and fair trade and innovative financing mechanism for sustainable development.
The meeting will also discuss the use of media including social media to enhance citizen engagement and democracy. The Tanzanian delegation will in addition have the opportunity to meet with the IPU Secretary General, Mr Anders Johnsson.
This follows the honorary award to Tanzania to host a seminar for women parliamentarians in East, Central and Southern Africa in December, this year. The seminar will have the theme:
“Preventing and Responding to violence against Women: From legislation to effective enforcement,” and it is expected to be attended by more than 100 women parliamentarians from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and East Africa regions.