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Ghana: PN Africa and PEF sign a Cooperation Agreement

Parliamentary News Africa (PN Africa), a civil society parliamentary monitoring organisation, and the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF), a non-profit and non-political autonomous association of private sector organisations, have signed a Cooperation Agreement to work together to inform, educate and influence the law making process of parliament.

This agreement will see the two parties collaborate to monitor all private sector bills tabled in Parliament and provide official and regular feedback or reports to Ghanaians, especially the business community on happenings around these Bills as they go through the lawmaking process.

Parliamentary News Africa’s Bill Symposum and Monitoring Series Project, which is the focal point of this Cooperation Agreement, is a series of symposia aimed at bringing stakeholders who have interests in the various Bills in Parliament to meet key legislators working on the particular Bill, to discuss concerns of these interest groups and how these concerns will be factored into the said Bill.

It also seeks to monitor these Bills throughout the lawmaking process to ensure that concerns of interest groups are duly addressed.

The Project is coordinated by Parliamentary News Africa under its Open Parliament Programme (OPP).

The fundamental principles of this project are; guaranteed attendance to the symposium by the relevant legislators, neutrality and opening attendance to all parties concerned, free environment for all stakeholders to express their views at the symposium, an active follow-up and monitoring mechanism that has been proven to be effective in influencing the lawmaking process in the interest of the citizenry.

The Bills Symposium and Monitoring project is aimed at walking interested parties through the lawmaking process from start to finish. The project’s approach, which emphasizes on dialogue; the need for amplified media focus on Bills; and close monitoring of the lawmaking process; is intended to ensure that MPs do not treat the concerns of industry players and relevant stakeholders on various Bills with contempt.

Currently, many of the Bills table before the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic are private sector focused.

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