‘Need For Strengthening Parliamentary Capacities’
Dr Jiko encouraged participants to immerse in the discussions and find value in the topics explored.
There is a greater need to support the pursuit of strengthening Parliamentary capacities in Fiji and the Pacific region, said Dr Jiko Luveni. The Speaker to Parliament made these remarks as Fiji played host to the 4th CPA Parliamentary Staff Development Workshop for the Pacific Region at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi yesterday. Dr Luveni said strengthening Parliamentary capacities in the Pacific region had to be done with the view to meet the changing needs of today’s Parliaments, Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff. She also said it was equally important to build an informed Parliamentary community. “We hope that this partnership with the Pacific region will continue to be translated into effective and resilient Parliaments.”
She said that as a region, there was a lot in common in terms of our size, economies, population and our culture.
“I am confident that the presentations, group discussions and case studies will allow you to think about how critical your role is in strengthening the ability of Parliamentarians in their oversight and scrutiny role,” Dr Luveni said. She encouraged participants to immerse in the discussions and find value in the topics explored. “It is also helpful to keep an open mind and be receptive to new ideas that the facilitators and your colleagues will share with you, about the critical role of Secretariats in Parliamentary democracy.” “We are a young Parliament Secretariat with the majority of our staff very new to how Parliaments works. It is through such opportunities that we can all learn how we can better serve our Parliamentarians.” Meanwhile Parliamentary staff from Bougainville, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Nauru and facilitators from New Zealand and Australia were Participants of the workshop. She commended the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association for their support as this is the second time that the CPA has hosted its second workshop in the Pacific region.