Presentation on theme: "Support to ICT Strategic Planning in the SADC Parliaments"— Presentation transcript:
1Support to ICT Strategic Planning in the SADC Parliaments Handbook on Strengthening ICT Parliamentary Committees in SADC ParliamentsSupport to ICT Strategic Planning in the SADC ParliamentsProf. Alison GillwaldWindhoek, 28 July 2010
2Table of contents Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Rationale for Parliamentary Committees on CommunicationRationale for HandbookPart 2ICTs for economic growth, development and social cohesionPart 3Establish of Standing ICT Parliamentary CommitteePerformance and evaluationPart 4Sector developmentsPart 5Global & regional governance
3Rationale for Parliamentary Committees Changing nature of governance in globalised worldSeparation of power and delegations of powers to specialised fora and agencies to deal with complex and dynamic economic and social sectors.Role of parliament in the institutional arrangements of sector.
4Rationale of the handbook (1/2) Guide the Parliament’s participation in the regional and national e-strategy processes for the development of an equitable information society and knowledge economyContribute to the shaping of the future information society in view of the WSIS implementation, follow-up and future 2015 review.Challenges of convergence and NGNSector reform process and the role of Parliaments
5Rationale of the handbook (2/2) Establishment of Parliamentary CommitteesLegislative and oversight roles in the national and regional ICT policy and regulatory reformModel committee (but separate form e-parliament task team) to demonstrate use of ICT in parliamentStrengthening ICT Parliamentary CommitteesCapacity building, sector understanding
6PART I – ICTs in national, regional & continental development
7ICT as a contribution to economic growth (macro) Linkages between ICT penetration and economic growthEnabling role of ICT in enhancing delivery of other commercial services2008 financial and economic crisis: challenges for governmentsScarcity of credit in the ICT sectorICT backbone development for growth stimulation/economic recovery
8ICT for development and social cohesion ICT as a contribution to development and social cohesion (macro)ICT penetration and contribution to developmentHuman capital development at multiple levels – education, training, professionalEnabling role of ICTs in health, government, education
9Rationale for handbook It has been found that democracy by itself - elections and representative institutions – does not necessarily produce justice and prosperity.define the essential elements of good governance and generate measures of performance for the committee
11Establishment of ICT Parliamentary Committees Lead the political engagement in the national and regional e-strategy (Mandate and role)From the institutional commitment (vision) on ICT in parliament towards:an ICT policy and regulatory framework for convergence and NGN (Legislative process)(i.e. representation, participation, transparency, accountability)Oversight and management (Role and responsibilities) From an e-strategy towards:ICT policy and regulation: exercising scrutiny over the executive on international, regional and national ICT plans
12The role of Parliament Oversight, legislative and management functions Legislate, institutional oversight, monitoring and evaluationParliament in the institutional arrangements of the sectorRepresentation and accountability; participation, transparencyInstitutional governance(Parliament – Government – Regulator)Constitution and administrative justice Public participation
13Approving and accounting for ICT budgets Public finance for innovation and economic growthHow to identify strategic and political ICT priorities?Legislation to foster the deployment of a stable and robust telecommunication infrastructure; and encourage the adoption of alternative models that can significantly lower the cost of broadband to satisfy this emerging need of ICT.Extending affordable Internet access to under-served areas, overcoming high prices of the bandwidth, in addition to the development of human resources and capacity building.Fiscal policies/stimulus packages to finance NGN infrastructure roll-outTax cuts/reduction;Government transfer paymentPPPPublic investment in ICT?
14Strengthen ICT capacity development TrainingParticipation in international, regional meetingsModel committee for implementation of e-Parliament.
15Global, regional governance ITUICANNSADC Protocol on Transport, Meteorology, TelecommunicationsSADC Model LawRegional model regulations
18Regulation 3.0: new regulatory frameworks for NGN/NGR Central policy and regulatory issues in the NGNReview universal accessLiberalisation of ICT markets: promoting competitionPublic interventions for NGN roll-out:Fiscal measures to incentivise high-speed IP-based networksPPP: are we ready?Competition & pricingLicensing: technological neutrality & open accessInterconnection: termination ratesSpectrum: commons and auctionsBroadcasting reformSocial and economic costs of cybercrimeFreedom of expression and local contentElectronic security: Intellectual property rights, privacy
20Good governance Framework & Measurement surrounding governance context: relations between the state, the market and civil society; political space and support for active citizenship, and the impact of the global village.parliamentary culture, the set of motivating and constraining beliefs and practices. What are the values and expectations associated with being a Member of Parliament? What is the relationship between leaders and followers?the organizational capacity of parliament, including the strengths and weaknesses of the political and administrative sides of parliament.Parliaments that Work, Parliamentary Centre & World Bank Institute
21Performance criteriaFinancial – Does committet operate according to acceptable standards of financial administration?.Compliance – Does Committee operate according to the laws of the land and its own rules and procedures?Efficiency – Does Committee organize itself and carry out its activities in ways that are reasonably efficient and dependable? Where this is not the case, the wider society, not to mention the executive, will dismiss parliament as chaotic and irrelevant.Effectiveness –Does the Committee have an impact on government and societyRelevance – Does connect to the great issues of the day.Sustainability - Does it have the resources, political and otherwise, to play its part in promoting good governance? These questions are meant to probe the history of the institution as well as its prospects for the future.
22Structure of performance Inputs – The raw materials of parliament, including MPs, staff and financial and other resources.Activities – This describes how MPs and staff spend their time in four main lines of activity. In the parliamentary chamber, committees, party caucuses and constituencies.Outputs – This refers to the products of parliamentary activity, notably debates, laws, resolutions, and reports and assistance to constituents.Outcomes – This refers to the direct effects of parliamentary activities on the outside world. Our framework focuses on outcomes in relation to three governance functions—accountability, transparency and participation.Impacts – This refers to the longer term and more indirect influence of parliament on the set of good governance, specifically democracy, rule of law, clean and effective government and peaceful resolution of conflict.