The Communications Regulators’ Association CRASA will be convening the first meeting of its Legal and Policy Committee (LPC) in the 2022/23 financial year, in Swakopmund, Namibia from the 10th to 12th August 2022. The meeting will be hosted by the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN), at the Strand Hotel, Swakopmund, and will be preceded by a capacity-building workshop on “Legal Drafting and Legislative Processes” on the 8th and 9th of August 2022, at the same venue. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the Committee to commence the implementation of its Annual Workplan for the period 2022/23 as approved by the 11th Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The Legal and Policy Committee is currently chaired by the Kingdom of Eswatini, with Namibia occupying the Vice-Chairperson role. The Committee’s key functions include:
- Interpreting the CRASA Constitution, policies, procedures, regulations, guidelines and any other relevant documents;
- Proposing, considering and/or recommending amendments to the CRASA Constitution, policies, procedures, regulations, guidelines and any other relevant documents;
- Drafting, reviewing and/or make recommendations regarding legal and policy matters within CRASA;
- Facilitating representation for matters under litigation/dispute resolution involving the Association; and
- Attending to any other legal and policy related matters.
More about the Workshop…
The Capacity-building Workshop on; “Legal Drafting and Legislative Processes” is particularly relevant to CRASA Members as increasingly, statutes are delegating powers to make laws to ministers, statutory institutions such as National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and bodies outside the Legislatures. Accordingly, this workshop aims to equip CRASA Members with some of the key the principles that govern the exercise of delegated legislative power and drafting of delegated legislation.
Furthermore, the workshop seeks to expose participants to some of the prescribed manner and form of legal instruments as well as their presentation and scrutiny while providing participants with practical skills and best practices in these areas. Importantly, participants will also be given an opportunity to share experiences on the challenges and best practices in drafting legislation and parliamentary practice and procedures from their own jurisdictions.