Progress in promoting democracy between Parliament, Parliamentarians and citizens recognised during Commonwealth Parliamentary Association visit to Fiji 

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan has visited the Fiji Branch of the CPA at the Parliament of Fiji and has spoken of the progress shown towards democracy through the development of trusting relationships between Parliament, Parliamentarians and citizens in Fiji. The visit of the CPA Secretary-General to Fiji highlighted a number of key issues including the important role that Fiji has undertaken in the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals; the importance of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in parliamentary strengthening in Fiji and the wider region; and the work of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) in promoting gender equality in the Pacific Region.

During the visit to the Parliament of Fiji, the CPA Secretary-General met with Hon. Jiko F. Luveni MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Fiji, who is also the President of the CPA Fiji Branch together with Mrs. Viniana Namosimalua, Secretary-General to Parliament and Mrs. Jeanette Emberson, Deputy Secretary-General to Parliament. The CPA Secretary-General outlined the range of parliamentary strengthening programmes offered by the CPA to all its member parliaments.

The Parliament of Fiji is currently benefiting from a two-year CPA Technical Assistance Programme providing training to Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff. Under the CPA’s revised Programmes Strategy, a Benchmark Assessment is included as part of any Technical Assistance provided to Parliaments by the CPA. This assessment seeks to identify areas where Parliaments are performing well against the CPA’s Recommended Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures and discusses ways of better meeting the Benchmarks in areas where Parliaments are only partially meeting them. 

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mr Akbar Khan said: “I am delighted to visit the Fiji Branch of the CPA and to talk about the important and innovative work they are undertaking to enhance the functioning of the Parliament of Fiji and to empower Members to be more effective in their work. I am really delighted to hear some excellent initiatives which are being run by the Parliament of Fiji and I encourage this to continue. I’m confident that under the leadership of the Honourable Speaker and with her parliamentarians, Members are making enormous contributions towards democracy here in Fiji. Since the Parliament of Fiji re-joined the CPA in January 2016, they have taken an active interest in the work that the CPA undertakes and are participating in the CPA’s Technical Assistance Programme for the benefit of Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff.”

During the visit to Fiji, the CPA Secretary-General met with the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Ruveni Nadalo, Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations; Hon. Jone Usamate, Leader of the National Federation Party in Parliament; Hon. Professor Biman Prasad and the British High Commissioner to Fiji, H.E. Melanie Hopkins. The CPA Secretary-General also met with the UNDP Pacific Parliamentary Development Specialist, Dyfan Jones to share respective areas of current and future UNDP work to look at opportunities for collaboration.

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Published Wednesday 3 May 2017.

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