Session about Institutional Cooperation for the Promotion of Legislative Modernisation
How it was
Bússola Tech organised on November 30th, 2022, a significant panel discussion titled "Institutional Cooperation for the Promotion of Legislative Modernisation."
This session convened a distinguished group of participants from diverse legislative and technological backgrounds to discuss the collaborative efforts required for the modernization of the legislative process.
The panel featured esteemed figures such as Mr. Anders Johnson, former Secretary-General of the IPU, and interviewers, such as Mr. Alison Sousa, President of Sindilegis; Mr. Augusto Viveiros, Secretary-General of the State Assembly of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil; Dr. Fotios Fitsilis, Head of Research at the Hellenic Parliament; Dr. Juan de Dios Cincunegui, Professor at the Austral University in Argentina; Mr. Leonardo Barbosa, former Secretary-General of the Brazilian House of Representatives and Director of the Legislative Institute in the Brazilian Senate; and Mr. Mark Stodder, President of Xcential Legislative Technologies. The session was moderated by Mr. Luís Kimaid, Executive-Director from Bússola Tech.
The discussion opened focusing on the unprecedented level of cooperation and collaboration between legislatures during the Covid-19 pandemic to maintain institutional functions. The conversation emphasised the importance of sharing knowledge, expertise, and tools for legislative modernization, and how such collaboration helped avoid repeating failures in different legislatures.
The conversation then shifted to how less developed nations struggle with modernising their parliaments and legislative processes. The panellists discussed the challenges these countries face, including issues of stability and public confidence in government, and explored potential solutions to these challenges.
A significant part of the discussion centred on the common challenges and opportunities for National Parliaments and Subnational/ Devolved legislatures in cooperating and exchanging technical knowledge for their institutional modernization. The panellists shared their experiences and insights on this topic.
In the final segment, the panel explored various aspects of parliamentary modernization and associated inter-parliamentary cooperation. The discussion included an examination of multiple attributes such as leadership, organisation, sustainability, human resources, and technical capacity, among others, and their relevance in the context of legislative modernization.
Concluding the session, the panel emphasised the vital role of ongoing discussions and collaboration in managing the complexities of integrating modern solutions within traditional legislative frameworks. The potential of technology to enhance legislative processes, while preserving the integrity and heritage of parliamentary operations, was a key highlight of the dialogue.