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TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT FOR PARLIAMENTARIANS AND STAFF


Below and right The Parliament building of Ukraine,;and the Chamber inside the Parliament of Lebanon, where CPSTs exist in various forms.


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As stated earlier, reference was made to the programmes for those designated for careers in the public service and the judiciary; careers which are carried out through purposefully developed institutions at the public’s expense. Needless to say, the programmes and institutions resonate on equally well grounded faculties in not just every other institution of higher learning, but also with some highly rated universities. Ironically, the establishment and


development of the programmes, institutes and universities, have more often than not, been financed from public resources and sanctioned by Parliaments, i.e. the custodians of power over the public purse. Thus, there should be no hurdle stopping Parliaments providing for programmes and institutions/centres to purposely address their training and capacity development.


The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Parliaments have already made first steps


“What Africa needs is not to reinvent the wheel, but to learn how the wheel was invented and then mould one that would serve its needs.”


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to design, develop, refine and consolidate the processes for their training and capacity development. In my address last year to the Symposium to Peer Review the Curriculum of The CPST, I quoted the words of then Speaker Kenneth Marende of Kenya. He said: “…to establish a facility to continuously provide studies, training and capacity development for both the honourable Members and staff.” These words were put into action on 8 December 2008, when the Parliamentary Service Commission (PARLSCOM) resolved to establish The CPST. Similar steps were taken by other Parliaments, including Canada,1968; India,1976; Mozambique,2009; Pakistan,2011; Nigeria,2011; and the East African Legislative Assembly,2012. The CPSTs exist in various forms in Lebanon, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Ghana (Africa


Programme of the Parliamentary Centre of Canada), Portugal and King Prajadhipok’s Institute of Thailand. Further, there are schools, centres, institutions providing programmes of similar standing in universities in the U.K., USA, Australia, Kenya and South Africa.


Building Parliaments on existing centres


The journey towards The CTSTs as centres of excellence for capacity development, training, knowledge and information management, to support the work and workings of Parliament has long started and the crusade is not about to stop. As seen in the growth of similar organizations/facility in other areas of government, so Parliaments should be built on already existing centres. In my address to the Symposium, I stated that the CPSTs are “the one


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