Regional parliament secretarial staff attend management course

Participants from the Legislative Assembly of Samoa, Manager Institutional Support Services Manutagi Tiotio, Acting Manager Community Relations Services Faletolu Lofipo and Clerk Assistant, Parliamentary Committee Graeme Tiatia. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Parliament of the Republic of Fiji, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji and McGill University of Canada is hosting regional participants to a two-week intensive management course specifically designed for senior secretariat staff of Parliament.

Secretary-General to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua said the course would be a learning opportunity for staff of the respective parliaments.

“We have been guided and assisted in a lot of ways in the last four years we have been here and an important aspect we have realised is that without a good secretariat, a parliament will not function well and so I am grateful that through this course, we can better ourselves for effectiveness in the roles we play,” Mrs Namosimalua said.

Twenty eight participants from nine national parliaments: Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu are taking part.

The training program is supported by UNDP’s Pacific Parliamentary Effectiveness Initiative (PPEI) Project, the Fiji Parliament Support Project II and the Strengthening Legislatures in the Pacific (SLIP) Project with funding from the governments of Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

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