The Institute for Multiparty Democracy (IMD), a Mozambican NGO, announced yesterday that half a million Euros a year will be made available for institutional support to parliament, during the five years of the legislature, starting in January.
The support, for a total of €2.5M [in five years], will be applied to actions of “institutional development” and “assistance to the work of [parliamentary] committees, offices and parliamentary benches”, executive director of IMD Hermenegildo Mulhovo said during the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Assembly of the Republic.
Finland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden and the European Union (EU) are among the funding partners, he said.
Under the agreement, the two institutions will conduct training and exchange experiences on legislative reforms, in particular on electoral laws, inspection of the extractive industry and dialogue with civil society.
The IMD also participates in the Zero Paper computerisation initiative, training deputies to use IT technologies and consequently protect the environment. To this end, the IMD yesterday delivered computers, printers, projectors and other equipment to the Assembly of the Republic.
“Covid-19 has demonstrated the urgent need for advances in the use of technologies,” Mulhovo noted.
First vice-president of the Mozambican parliament, Hélder Injojo, said that the memorandum would serve to “strengthen participatory democracy” and “transparency”, as well as “raise productivity levels”.
The Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) holds an absolute majority of 184 deputies in parliament, followed by the Mozambican National Resistance, with 60 and the Democratic Movement of Mozambique, with six seats.
Source: Lusa via Club of Mozambique