‘Need For Strength­en­ing Par­lia­men­tary Ca­pac­i­ties’

Dr Jiko en­cour­aged par­tic­i­pants to im­merse in the dis­cus­sions and find value in the top­ics explored.

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - WAISEA NASOKIA Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: waisean@fi­jisun.com.fj

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.

Photo: Waisea Nasokia

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