Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Parliamentary Staff Development Workshop for the Pacific Region takes place in Fiji

The 4th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Parliamentary Staff Development Workshop for the Pacific Region is taking place in Fiji, hosted by the Parliament of Fiji from Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 May 2016. The CPA Workshop will see Parliamentary staff from across the Pacific Region come together to develop their core skills and to share experiences from their own jurisdictions. Parliamentary staff will represent the following jurisdictions: Bougainville; Cook Islands; Fiji; Samoa; Kiribati; Solomon Islands; Tonga; Nauru.

One of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s core functions is to develop the capacity of Parliamentary staff and each year, the CPA convenes Parliamentary Staff Development Workshops on a regional basis. The Workshops cover all aspects of serving parliament including the administration of Parliament, the importance of providing sound and impartial advice to members, servicing committees and practice and procedure in the House. The CPA has provided such Seminars for the Africa, Pacific, Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic and Asia and South East Asia Regions.

The CPA Parliamentary Staff Development Workshop for the Pacific Region was opened with an official welcome by the Speaker of the Fiji Parliament, Hon. Dr Jiko Fatefehi Luveni. The CPA Pacific Regional Secretariat will be represented by Ms Suze Jones, Clerk Assistant (House), New Zealand and the CPA Australia Regional Secretariat represented by Mr Ray Purdey, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Victoria, Australia.
Fijian Parliament Speaker Hon. Dr Jiko Luveni said the Fijian Parliament is honoured to partner with the CPA in organising this event. “As host of this Parliamentary Staff Development Workshop, the Fiji Parliament Secretariat is indeed honoured to be given the opportunity to partner with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in organising this event. We are a young Parliament Secretariat with the majority of our staff very new to how Parliaments works. It is through such opportunities that we can all learn how we can better serve our Parliamentarians.”

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan sent his best wishes to the CPA Workshop and said: “I wish to congratulate the CPA Fiji Branch for hosting this important training programme for the Pacific Region, especially given that this is the first programme the Branch is hosting after its reinstatement as a member of the CPA on 1 January this year. It is even more impressive that Fiji has stepped up to do so as the country was only recently exposed to the cyclone Winston, which left tens of thousands of inhabitants of Fiji homeless. Therefore, I and the Officers of the Association would like to express our sincere condolences and convey a special ‘thank you’ to the Branch for making this programme possible.

The role of Parliamentary staff is critical to the effective functioning of Parliaments across the Commonwealth. They are the continuity between elections and the support mechanism for both new and established Members of Parliament. Their contribution to promoting democratic governance cannot be underestimated. The CPA is uniquely placed to assist the development needs of the Commonwealth parliamentary community by its outreach to relevant networks, its focus on peer to peer learning, its convening power for establishing parliamentary standards (such as the Benchmarks for Democratic Governance), and promoting the Commonwealth’s political values, which are inimitable across the world.”

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association connects, develops, promotes and supports Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and the implementation of the enduring values of the Commonwealth. 
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