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The New South Wales Parliament’s launched of the scholarship program for Solomon Islands Parliament and Bougainville Parliaments will strengthen and keep the partnership between the three Parliaments strong.

President of the New South Wales Parliament, Hon. John Ajaka in his remarks at the launching ceremony at the National Parliament of Solomon Islands said there are two main reasons for their visit here.

One is to reaffirm their long standing partnership to the twinning partnership.

Over the last 10 years, the members and officers of both parliaments have collaborated on dozens of initiatives to strengthen the capacity of this two parliaments, to do what members are elected to do. That is:

To make effective laws, represent our citizens and oversight the actions of the government.

“We’ve learned much from each other and over this time and have become firm and trusted friends,” he said.

The delegation will be having numerous meetings and visits as part of their visit program, thus, Hon. Ajaka said these visits will in no doubt help them to understand the political and social context in which members of the Solomon Islands parliament work and the particular challenges faced as legislatures.

“And hopefully over the next few days you’ll get to know us better. The better we know each, the better place will be to support our twinning partnership into the future.”

He added the second reason for their visit is to formally launch the twinning bilong yumi scholarship for staff of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Parliaments.

Although the NSW Parliament has not received external funding support for its activities since 2016, they have to find creative and effective ways to support the program.

He listed some as the:

  • Partnership agreement arrangements with other agencies such as the Pacific Office of the United Nations Development Program whom he acknowledge and thank. Last year, a staff from the Solomon Islands Parliament, Ms. Jean Sahu spent a month in the NSW Parliament. The cost of her attachment was shared with the UNDP.
  • Another example, in 2017 several NSW branch commonwealth women parliamentarians co-hosted a women’s leadership seminar on sport and elections in Honiara and the Australian high commission. The presentation of 100 netball uniforms to Ms. Salome Akao, a member of the Solomon Islands Olympic committee was a result of the links made during that trip.

“We are determine to find creative and cost effective ways to keep our partnerships strong and this is where this twinning scholarship comes in place,” Hon. Ajaka said.
Speaker of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands, Mr. Ajilon Jasper Nasiu thank the delegation.

Speaker of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands, Mr. Ajilon Jasper Nasiu thank the delegation.

He acknowledged that over the years the National Parliament of Solomon Islands has greatly benefitted from the twinning partnership, thus, he is very grateful for everyone who gathered to reaffirm and celebrate the partnership between the two parliaments.

“This morning we will witness the launching of the twinning bilong yumi scholarship and I am very grateful that all of you are here to reaffirm and celebrate the partnership between the two parliaments.

Mr. Ajilon said, he hope that this week will be a fruitful week and that the visit will further strengthen the friendship.

The scholarship is believed to have terrific potential to facilitate the professional development of staff of both Parliaments.

To contribute to the body of knowledge about parliamentary matters and most importantly to keep the link strong between our parliaments.

There will be two application rounds in 2018. Closing dates for each are: Friday 25th May and Friday 26th October 2018.


Deputy Clerk to National Parliament, Mr. David Kusilifu far right with the Delegation from NSW on arrival at the Honiara Internal Airport

A delegation of members of the NSW Parliament, led by the President, the Hon John Ajaka are currently in the country from Tuesday 17th till Friday 20th April 2018 to launch an inaugural scholarship program designed to enhance the professional development of staff of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands.

The visit by the NSW Parliament delegation will provide the President with the opportunity to reaffirm the NSW Parliament's commitment to the twinning partnership with the National Parliament of Solomon Islands.

On Wednesday 18th April, the launching proper will convene at the Paul Tovua Complex together with the presentation of Annotated Standing Orders. After the launch of Twinning Bilong Umi Scholarship program, the NSW delegates will have a briefing with the Australian High Commissioner and the Minister for Development Planning and Aid Coordination, Hon Jeremiah Manele at his Office.

Four of the NSW members will also attend side meetings separately with selected government ministers as well as leaders of certain local organizations and churches. These include meetings with the Young Women Parliamentary Group (YWPG), the Chairman of Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA), Women in IT Solomon Islands and Minister of the Ministry of Public Service and the Ministry of Environment, Disaster Management, Climate Change and Meteorology.

The delegation’s Meeting with the Ombudsman and Leadership Code Commission and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force will take place on Thursday the 19th before heading for a Constituency visit to West Guadalcanal.

The Constituency visit is hosted by the Honorable Member for West Guadalcanal Constituency Hon. Moses Garu, who is also the Minister of Police, National Security and Correctional Services.

On Friday the 20th, the NSW delegation will also be having meetings with the Leader of Opposition Hon. Manasseh Maelanga, the Leader of Independent Group Hon. Dr Derek Sikua and Chairpersons of the Parliamentary Standing Committees.
They will finally wrap up their meetings with the National Parliament Management Group to further discuss support from twinning arrangement before departing for Brisbane on Friday afternoon.

The New South Wales visiting delegation are;
1. The President, the Hon Mr. John Ajaka, President of the Legislative Council
2. The Hon Catherine Cusack, MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Digital Inclusion
3. The Hon Shaoquett Moselmane MLC, Opposition Whip
4. The Hon Mr. Jonathan O'Dea; MLA, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Treasurer
5. The Hon Paul Green; MLC, Temporary Chair of Committees
6. Ms. Beverly Duffy; Clerk Assistant (Procedure) and delegation secretary
7. Mr. Tom Anderson; member of President's staff

Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Ajilon Jasper Nasiu will also be making remarks at the launching.


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