SADC national parliaments have been challenged to set up systems and structures which attract the best professionals who can contribute towards sound parliamentary administration.

The call was made during the ongoing 18th Zimbabwe-Zambia senior parliamentary staff seminar being held in the resort town of Victoria Falls.

Regional parliament administrators are attending the 18th Zimbabwe-Zambia senior parliamentary staff seminar being hosted by the Parliament of Zimbabwe.

The seminar which has over the years provided a platform for the senior staff to share knowledge and experiences in best parliamentary administration is being attended by officials from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho among other countries.

In his keynote address, Matabeleland North Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Ambassador Cain Mathema said it is critical that SADC national parliaments put in place systems and measures so that they can attract the best professionals who can play a critical role in parliament administration.

Clerk of parliament, Mr Kennedy Chokuda said it is high time regional parliaments prioritise effective administration and challenged the participants to come up with concrete outcomes.

Victoria Falls Mayor, Sifiso Mpofu said apart from embracing technology and investment in research, the SADC national parliaments should commit themselves to adopt the best practices.

The seminar is being held under the theme, “Results with Resolve: From Rhetoric to Impact in Parliamentary Administration”.

This year’s session has seen a total of five clerks of parliament gracing the seminar.