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Abuja Conference - March 2007


Towards the establishment of an African Parliamentary Knowledge Network on ICT, legislation and documentation


Opening of the International Workshop


Parliamentary Knowledge Networks: existing experiences and lessons learned

Chair: Gherardo Casini, Executive Coordinator a.i. of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament


The rationale behind a common approach for capacity-building

Chair:  Senator Abiola Ajimobi,  National Assembly of Nigeria


The importance of a broader political and institutional framework

 Chair: Hon. Chidi Duru, Member of the House of Representatives, National Assembly of Nigeria

  • Contribution by Hon. Geoffrey Q.M. Doidge, House Chairperson of the National Assembly of South Africa
  • Contribution by Hon. Joseph Owona Kono, Member of the National Assembly of Cameroon

Is the scope right? Challenges for a true continental network

 Chair: Shirley-Ann Fiagome, IT Manager, Parliament of Ghana

  • Flavio Zeni, Chief Technical Advisor, UNDESA, Nairobi
  • Giovanni Sartor, European University Institute, Law Department, Fiesole, Italy
  • Monica Palmirani, Research Centre of History of Law, Philosophy and Sociology of Law and Computer Science and Law (CIRSFID), University of Bologna

The way ahead: ownership, support and sustainability



  • Oluyemi Ogunyomi, Deputy Clerk, National Assembly of Nigeria
  • Gherardo Casini, Executive Coordinator of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament

International Conference

African Legal Resources: Challenges and Opportunities of Legislative Informatics

21 March 2007

DAY ONE: Challenges and Opportunities

Welcome addresses

  • Nasiru I. Arab, Clerk of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Welcome Address, John Mary Kauzya, Chief of Governance & Public Administration Branch UN/DESA

Opening speeches:


Keynote speeches:


Official Opening


Vote of Thanks

    • Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Chairman LOC

Open Access to Legislation: rationale and issues

Chairperson's Briefing: Hon. Verónica Macamo, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly of Mozambique

Managing e-Documents: principles, standards and tools

Chairperson's Briefing:  Hon. Edward Baliddawa, Chairman ICT Committee, Parliament of Uganda
  • Legislative Documents: Emerging Standards for Legislation and Case Law - Tom van Engers Professor in Legal Knowledge Management, University of Amsterdam, faculty of Law Leibniz Center for Law, Netherlands
  • AKOMA NTOSO (Architecture for Knowledge-Oriented Management of African Normative Texts using Open Standards and Ontologies) Fabio Vitali, Computer Science Department, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Bungeni Norma-Africa : Management of Modificatory Provisions and Consolidation - Monica Palmirani CIRSFID – University of Bologna Italy

Experts and Stakeholders Panel : Common Legislative Standards & Guidelines: is the Africa Ready for the Challenge?

Chairperson's Briefing: Hon. Joseph Owona-Kono, National Assembly of Cameroon

DAY TWO: Meeting the Challenges and Harvesting the Opportunities


Africa: Bungeni Parliamentary and Legislative System


Africa: Guidelines for Better Legislation

Chairperson's Briefing: Emily Baldock, Public Bill Office Clerk, House of Lords,  United Kingdom

Experts and Stakeholders Panel: ICT tools and services: is Africa ready to appreciate and exploit ICT unprecedented collaborating potentialities?

  • Chairperson's Briefing: Dick Toornstra, Director/Special advisor on Democracy - European Parliament
  • Keynote: Collaborative Open Source solutions for e-Government - Aminu Ibrahim, Coordinator, Nigeria ICT  Forum

A New Challenge: Standards for Judicial Precedents

Chairperson's Briefing: Senator Prosper Higiro, Vice-President of the Senate of the Parliament of Rwanda

Closing Statements