Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development

Better, Stronger, Faster, Smarter: A New Way to Create Legislation in Mozambique

A Better, Stronger, Faster, and Smarter. This describes Mozambique’s exciting new initiative to bring citizens, the private sector, and civil society together with government to create laws and regulations that are more effective in solving our economic, social, health and environmental issues and that have support and appreciation throughout our society.

Mozambique has never had a formal process for creating laws or regulations. Usually government ministries draft legislation themselves, asking for inputs from only a few key stakeholders. This process doesn’t benefit from the experience, creativity, and diversity of opinion that the citizens can offer. For many years, civil society and business organizations, supported by USAID, advocated for more public participation in the legislative process. As a result, in February 2019 a draft law on the making of legislation, the Lei de Legistica, was completed with strong support from the Parliamentary First Commission of Constitutional Affairs, Human Rights and Legal Affairs and the Ministry of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs.

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