Welcome to this live blog where Parliament of Zimbabwe is receiving its SAZ ISO 9001-2015 Certificate and launching the Institutional Strategic Plan for 2018-2023. Today’s blogging will be brought to you by Mr A. Nyamuramba and Mrs C. Mpofu-Muvhami.
We are currently having a music interlude from the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Band.
Various guests are expected to attend this important event who include Ambassadors, Permanent Secretaries,Development Partners,Civic Society Organistions Parliament Service Providers and the Media, amongst others.
Members of the Standing Rules and Orders Committee have already taken their seats in the Parliament Courtyard. Also in attendance are Senior Management of Parliament and Staff.
The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. T. Gezi and the Clerk of Parliament Mr. K. M. Chokuda have already taken their seats.
The Speaker of the National Assembly Hon J. F. Mudenda has now taken his seat. Ms F. Chiwara is giving a word of prayer to kick off the day’s proceedings.
The UNDP Deputy Country Representative Ms. M. Monga congratulated Parliament on achieving this milestone.
The Director General of Standards Association of Zimbabwe Ms Eva Gadzikwa first thanked Parliament for a warm welcome and to be back to Parliament award another Certificate. The genesis of ISO at Parliament of Zimbabwe started on the 12th of September 2012.
The certificate being awarded today has a three year validity Period . The Director of SAZ has encouraged Parliament to continue to pursue the standards that has got the institution the Certificate.
The 9001:2015 Standards Association Certification is the most highly recognised standard in the world. She has postulated that SAZ believes this certification will bring about an enhanced Quality Management Systems.
The Standard will among other things improve service delivery and procurement because one of the key functions of Parliament is to make laws. With this in mind SAZ would like to continue influencing Parliament to make laws that improve performance nation wide.
The Speaker of the National Assembly Hon . Advocate J. F Mudenda is now giving the key note address and he gave special recognition to the former Clerk of Parliament Mr Austin Zvoma.
The launch of the 9th Parliament ISP 2018-2023 and the handover of ISO 9001:2015 Certificate is an unprecedented event . As Parliament of Zimbabwe is the only Parliament recognised world wide as a world class ISO 9001:2015 recognised institution.
The Speaker has noted that the 9th Parliament is on course to achieve its vision of a strong independent , people driven world class Parliament .
Section 117 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe states that Parliament should make laws for the peace , order and good governance of Zimbabwe. This is underpinned by the ISP which should make Parliament a strong and independent institution.
The Speaker highlighted that the ISP should be the compass of Parliament , pointing out that no strategic plan is worth its salt if it does not make Parliament a world class Parliament . Parliament of Zimbabwe has transformed from 9001 :2008 to 9001 :2015 a procedural management standard now concentrating on the risks involved.
Both MPs and the Administration of Parliament walk the talk and stick to the Constitution. He encouraged staff to remain motivated to implement the ISP. He pleaded with the Administration to avoid the disease of producing meticulous plans that are never implemented.
Executive support, civic society organisations and Development Partners will need to be leveraged in order to achieve ISP goals .
In conclusion he expressed his gratitude to service providers and all guests , staff of Parliament for the successful transmission from 9001 :2008 to 9001 :2015. He clearly emphasised his unreserved gratitude to the Development Partners through the UNDP Basket Fund and thereafter he officially launched the ISP document and received the ISO Certificate which was officially handed over by Dr. E. Gadzikwa.
The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Hon T. Gezi in her closing remarks said that the event has enabled people to take stock of the work that is done by Parliament . She reminded Parliament Staff to continue giving a service that exceeds customer requirements as exhibited today through the ISO certification.
The picture collage shows today’s event in photographs.
This second bunch of photographs shows the latter part of the dual ISP launch and ISO 9001:2015 Certification ceremony.
We have now come to the end of this session , thank you for following us , until we meet next week on Tuesday 01 October 2019 when we will be giving you coverage of the Official Opening of the 2nd session of the 9th Parliament, Goodbye.