The "International Conference Parliaments' Information Management in
Africa: Challenges and Opportunities of ICTs to Strengthen Democracy
and Parliamentary Governance" took place in Nairobi, Kenya on 10 and 11
February 2005 and gathered Speakers and high-level delegations from the
Parliaments of Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar,
Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sao Tomé and Principe, Somalia,
Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as from
the Pan African Parliament, East Africa Legislative Assembly, ECOWAS
Parliament, SADC Parliamentary Forum and the Italian Chamber of
Deputies. Parliamentary officials from the above countries as well as
from South Africa, the European Parliament, some European Union
countries and representatives from international organisations,
development partners, the private sector and civil society
organisations also attended the Conference.
The Conference created an opportunity for African Parliaments to
appreciate the complex scenario of issues, constraints and diversified
resources that African Parliaments need to acknowledge and address for
the successful deployment of ICTs in their legislatures.
Among the issues discussed at the Conference were: Access to
Information; ICTs Regulation; Enabling Frameworks; Pan-African
Parliamentary Interoperability Framework; Parliamentary Information
Systems; Knowledge-based Parliaments; Assistance Framework.
made contributions and shared their experiences and know-how in a
cooperative manner and recognized that information and communication
technologies have the potential to reinforce the institutional capacity
of Parliaments to deliver on their constitutional mandates.
also acknowledged the strategic significance of ICTs in strengthening
good governance and inter-parliamentary cooperation, as well as the
need for Parliament to promote the adoption of the relevant legal
frameworks to facilitate and regulate the diffusion of ICTs in order to
narrow the digital divide and advance the information society.
considered the Nairobi Conference within the general framework of
cooperation among African Parliaments and in relation to the Millennium
Development Goals (MDG), NEPAD objectives, and the World Summit on the
Information Society (WSIS) process.
In the light of the foregoing, the Conference:
its commitment to and commends the results so far achieved by the
regional initiative on "Strengthening Parliaments' Information Systems
in Africa - UNDESA".
Further, the Conference recommends that:
Conference calls on technologically-advanced Parliaments, development
partners, international organisations and the private sector to
contribute towards the consolidation and expansion of the scope of the
regional initiative to all other African Parliaments with the ultimate
objective of transforming it into a self-sustaining initiative. At the
same time, it urges development partners to shift from a fragmented
approach to the development of ICT in Parliament in favour of a unified
and coordinated partnership.
The Conference directs that the Nairobi Declaration be widely circulated in all concerned Parliaments and organisations.
the Conference expresses its deep gratitude to the Government of the
Republic of Kenya, and in particular to the Kenya National Assembly,
for their warm hospitality; to the United Nations Department of
Economic and Social Affairs for the organizational and substantive
support; and to the Government of the Republic of Italy for the funding
of this Project and the Italian Chamber of Deputies for the technical
Nairobi, Kenya, this 11th day of February, 2005.
A pdf copy of the declaration in english, french and portuguese is available for download.
Below is a listing of all documents, presentations and speeches made at the Nairobi Conference.
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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
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