Speaker Praises Work Of Stand­ing Com­mit­tees

Also thanked the timely in­ter­ven­tion by the CPA UK and their will­ing­ness to as­sist the Par­lia­ment.

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We be­lieve that Com­mit­tees are very im­por­tant, both for hold­ing the Gov­ern­ment to ac­count and also ad­vis­ing and help­ing the Gov­ern­ment to work well. Baroness Ann Tay­lor Head of the UK Del­e­ga­tion

Speaker of Par­lia­ment, Dr Jiko Lu­veni, said that the work of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tees over the past two years has been noth­ing short of re­mark­able.

She said this dur­ing a work­shop hosted by the Com­mon­wealth Par­lia­men­tary As­so­ci­a­tion (CPA) UK branch for the Fi­jian Par­lia­ment Stand­ing Com­mit­tees and the Com­mit­tees sec­re­tariat staff. “Stand­ing Com­mit­tees have been by far in my view, an ef­fec­tive mech­a­nism by which cit­i­zens of this coun­try en­gage with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the peo­ple in our Par­lia­ment,” Dr Lu­veni said. “This is not to say that we have been per­fect in how we op­er­ate and I say that with the un­der­stand­ing, that there is al­ways room for im­prove­ment.” Dr Lu­veni thanked the timely in­ter­ven­tion by the CPA UK and their will­ing­ness to as­sist the Par­lia­ment. “We recog­nise that we face ex­ist­ing chal­lenges that are com­mon in most Par­lia­ments of Small Is­land De­vel­op­ing States and for which we of­ten go for as­sis­tance to those who have the ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise and more im­por­tantly are will­ing to help us.” The head of the UK Del­e­ga­tion, the Baroness Ann Tay­lor, be­lieves that democ­racy in Fiji is still new and MPs are still ad­just­ing to their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. She has been a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment since the 1970s “You have a rel­a­tively new democ­racy and peo­ple are ad­just­ing to their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. We be­lieve that Com­mit­tees are very im­por­tant, both for hold­ing the Gov­ern­ment to ac­count and also ad­vis­ing and help­ing the Gov­ern­ment to work well,” Baroness Tay­lor said. “It isn’t just the big­gest at­tack on the Gov­ern­ment. “Com­mit­tees can give ad­vice which the Gov­ern­ment can then think about, some­times it can take all of it and some­times it takes none, but it is a re­la­tion­ship that has to build up.” She hopes that af­ter this work­shop, the MPs will gain ex­tra con­fi­dence to take on their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and im­prove the way in which democ­racy works and how Com­mit­tee sys­tems can make a dif­fer­ence.

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Third seated from left: United King­dom Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment Ian Mur­ray, Craig Whittaker, head of the UK Del­e­ga­tion Baroness Ann Tay­lor, Speaker of Par­lia­ment Dr Jiko Lu­veni, UK High Com­mis­sioner to Fiji Melanie Hop­kins, UK MP Lisa Cameron with the other UK del­e­ga­tion, Gov­ern­ment and Op­po­si­tion MPs and Par­lia­ment Sec­re­tariat of­fi­cials in Suva.

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From left: Speaker of Par­lia­ment Dr Jiko Lu­veni, United King­dom Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment Ian Mur­ray, and Craig Whittaker, head of the UK Del­e­ga­tion in Suva.

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From left: Direc­tor Leg­is­la­ture, Joeli Di­toka, Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral to Par­lia­ment, Vini­ana Namosi­malua and head of the UK Del­e­ga­tion, the Baroness Ann Tay­lor in Suva.

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