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PPEI TRAININGS ON COMMITTEE EFFECTIVENESS

FRIDAY 21 JULY 2017

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Staffs from the National Parliament of Solomon Islands have recently undergone Professional Development Trainings facilitated and co-funded by the UNDP Pacific Parliamentary Effective Initiatives and the New Zealand Government’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Aid Program.

This trainings for Committees in Parliament was hosted by the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea, as part of its preparations for the upcoming 10th Parliament’s Inductions Program. Topics discussed during the sessions includes; (a) Introductions to Parliamentary Committees, (b) an Overview of issues facing Committees in Papua New Guinea (c) ensuring Committee’s Systems are Effective (d) Procedural and Administrative Support (e) Research Services for Committees (f) the roles of the Chair and Committee Clerk (g) the Conductions of an Inquiry and (h) planning.

Facilitators at the trainings were the PPEI Coordinators and Committee Clerks from Papua New Guinea Twinned Parliaments - Queensland and Fiji. Guest Facilitators and Resources people were Committee Clerks secured from Trinidad & Tobago, New Zealand and Solomon Islands Parliament respectively.

In her opening remarks, the Deputy UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Tracy Vienings reiterated that Committees are the engine rooms for parliamentary scrutiny, hence it must be well staffed and resourced. Attending to the program were: Mr. Gregory Fineanganofo secretary for the Environmental & Conservation Committee and Public Expenditure Committee; Mr. Whitmon Tabiru, secretary to the Foreign Relations Committee and Mrs. Jasmine Waleafea, Committee Clerk to the Public Accounts Committee.

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