National Parliament staff receive legislative training

Aug 16, 2018

Clerk of Parliament Vela Konivaro speaking to parliamentary staff during the legislative training.

Port Moresby 16 August 2018 - The law-making process of the National Parliament is being strengthened this week. National Parliamentary staff who work in key divisions that process proposed bills are gaining specialised skills to carry out their work.

The laws that are passed by the National Parliament shape the way Papua New Guineans live and the country’s development agenda and the capacity of Parliamentary staff who work on the bills that eventually become law is crucial.

From 14-16 August, over 20 parliament staff are being trained by parliamentary experts on legislative practices and processes from the New Zealand and Queensland Parliaments.

During the opening of the training, Clerk of the National Parliament, Mr Vela Konivaro said this training is very much needed.

“There is an acute need for skills in legislative drafting and understanding on law making processes. This requires a high level of skill and diligence and I thank UNDP for such a training as it helps the parliamentary team involved in the process to develop these skills. At the same time, we are reminded of the roles we have in this process. Laws are anchored on policy directions from the Exective Government.  Hence, the laws that a country makes much give certainty to the policy and it is our role to provide that oversight when it comes to parliament,” Mr Konivaro said. 

UNDP through the Pacific Parliamentary Effectiveness Initiative (PPEI) is supporting this training.

UNDP Papua New Guinea’s Acting Deputy Representative Ms Julie Bukikun said, “UNDP has been supporting PNG and other pacific parliaments to strengthen their capacity to effectively undertake its legislative, oversight and representative functions. We are pleased to once again support the PNG National Parliament for its staff to undertake training on practice and processes on law making. It is a very important skill and we have sourced experts to support this training.    

Contact information

Serahphina Aupong, serahphina.aupong@undp.org, +675 7374 8724

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