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2nd East African Regional Parliamentary Monitoring Organisations Conference set for Thursday

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The 2nd East African Regional Conference for Parliamentary Monitoring Organisations will kick off on Thursday, 29 to March 1, 2024 under the theme; “Digital Technology and Parliamentary Monitoring: (Re)-Imagining Futures and Possibilities”.

 The conference will be hosted by the Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) in partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

The two-day conference will bring together various stakeholders in Parliamentary Monitoring to assess the performance of parliamentary monitoring in East Africa and Africa in the face of a fast-evolving digital technological space.

This shall be a two-day in-person conference that will be live-streamed on CEPA’s Social Media and partner channels. It will comprise both open and closing plenary sessions and a number of specialized panel and plenary sessions across the two days. There will be a media engagement on television and radio by the conference organizers and partners to create awareness and sensitize people on the importance of parliamentary monitoring organizations.

Objectives

To discuss strategies for harnessing the opportunities that Artificial Intelligence evolution is unfolding to Parliamentary Monitoring Organisations in East Africa and beyond.

To empower East African PMOs with the information and perspectives they need to counteract the challenges that they are facing in the age of heightened constraints on freedom of expression in Sub-Saharan shrinking democratic spaces.

To create a platform for sharing best practices on how different countries in East Africa are navigating the dream of having open parliaments in their respective work domains.

The conference will be attended by a variety of participants from the Parliamentary Monitoring Organisations in East Africa and Africa, Civil society organizations in Uganda in the Governance and Parliamentary Democracy space such as the Parliament of Uganda, Centre for Constitutional Governance (CCG), Wizarts Foundation, The media (Uganda Parliamentary Press Association), The African Leadership Institute (AFLI), Citizens Report, Netherlands Institute of Multi-Party Democracy (NIMD), Westminster Foundation for Democracy, National Democratic Institute (NDI) and global partners like National Endowment for Democracy, APMON executive and member organization, Uganda Youth organization, and Academia.

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