Lesotho Parliament tackles on the reform agenda

Parliament of Lesotho is set to introduce parliamentary reforms in the near future and will incorporate tools on budget monitoring and analysis, an official has said.

Speaking during a training workshop facilitated by SAPST on budget monitoring and analysis in Lesotho on Friday, Clerk of Parliament Advocate Lebohang Fine Maema KC said incorporating such tools would ensure strengthening of Parliament oversight on the national budget.

The workshop which was attended by members of Parliament, CSOs and Parliament staff included training on social accountability monitoring framework on public resource management.

Advocate Fine Maema KC expressed gratitude over SAPST’s commitment to Lesotho Parliament saying he looks forward to similar engagements in the future.

In her presentation, SAPST Public Policy officer Chengetai Kanyangu raised pertinent issues saying that the budget analysis should focus on both the revenue and expenditure sides.

She indicated that there is need to analyse the budget vis-à-vis important concepts such as rights-based budgeting, gender budgeting, program based budgeting, pro-poor budgeting.

Mrs Kanyangu urged Members of Parliament to ensure that the budget meet international and regional gender equality commitments, including the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform of Action, the Millennium Development Goals and the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development.

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