The meeting saw the participation of 19 member countries and the network chairman Roger Mbasssa Nadine from Cameroon, the speaker of the Ugandan parliament and chairperson of the Ethiopian council of states and head of the executive committee of APNODE.
The speaker pointed out that development process constitutes a renewable commitment to alleviate poverty, provision of basic needs and raising the living and health care standards of the peoples.
He further called for boosting management of poverty control programs in the developing countries, urging developing the comparative advantages in the international trade between the developed countries and the developing ones. He also called on member parliaments to reformulate the visions of supervisory work in a new way.
Omer referred to the complicated problems facing the development process in the African continent, including depreciation of exchange rates of the national currencies, bureaucracy, small investment opportunities and the challenges of human resources development.
Realization of development is associated with political and institutional reform and the concepts of transparency, integrity and combating of corruption, he added.
Omer called on the national parliaments to interact with the work which is undertaken by the African Parliamentarians’ Network on Development Evaluation, calling for maintaining close coordination between APNODE and the African Development Bank.
The meeting was also addressed by the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, who called for mapping out a strategy for coping with the goals of sustainable development, referring to the role of the parliaments in this connection.
Founded in March 2014, the objective of APNODE is to enhance the capacity of African Parliamentarians to improve their oversight, policy making, and national decision making by ensuring it is evidence-based. The network also works to bridge the gap between evaluators (who provide impartial evidence) and parliamentarians; encourage parliamentarians to institutionalize evaluations; and support them in ensuring that evaluations conducted at country level are responsive to the needs of women and vulnerable groups.