Final Induction Workshop for Members of the South Sudan Transitional National Legislative Assembly

Max Planck Foundation concludes introductory training series for new parliamentarians

The workshop titled “Constitutional Foundations on the Role of Parliament” was conducted by the Foundation on 4 and 5 November 2021 for the members of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA). The workshop was the last in a series of induction workshops for members of parliament within the framework of the European Union-funded project, “Strengthening the Rule of Law in South Sudan”.

The workshop was officially opened by the Head of European Union Delegation to South Sudan, H.E. Ambassador Christian Bader, and one of the Managing Directors and the Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Projects at the Max Planck Foundation.

The workshop in Juba concluded a series of induction trainings that were aimed at preparing newly appointed MPs to their role as members of the TNLA. The first workshop day consequently introduced the functions of the legislative branch of government, both in South Sudan and from a comparative perspective with presentations on the foundations, institutional design and substantive powers of Parliament. The second day focused on familiarising the MPs with the provisions of the Conduct of Business Regulations of the TNLA, 2011 (as amended). Hon. Gatwech Lam Puoch, presented the last session of the workshop and as a seasoned member of Parliament, with more than ten years as a Member of the TNLA, he shared practical experience with his colleagues.

The workshop was officially closed by the Hon. Gatwech Lam Puoch and the Chief Whip of the TNLA, Hon. Rebecca Joshua Okwaci, who both expressed their satisfaction with the conduct of the workshop and expressed their deep gratitude to the Max Planck Foundation and the European Union for conducting this introductory training series for the Members of Parliament. Following the conclusion of this workshop, further training events will be conducted by the Foundation with Members of the TNLA within the framework of this EU-funded project.