Technical support boosts Fiji Parliament

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Two staff from the Fiji Parliament have visited the Victorian Parliament for training and mentoring on parliamentary practice and procedure.

Sheryl Kumar and Sakiusa Rakai worked with their Victorian counterparts in the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council to gain practical insights and learn more about the systems and processes that are used during a parliamentary sitting week.

It is part of a twinning program between the Victorian and Fiji Parliaments that has seen 25 capacity building projects undertaken over the past year to support Fiji’s return to democracy.

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Sheryl Kumar and Sakiusa Rakai at the Victorian Parliament

A twinning agreement between the Fiji and Victorian Parliaments was signed in March this year and has resulted in a range of two way exchanges between the two parliaments.

In September the manager of the Victorian Parliament's Hansard service, James Scott, visited Fiji with his New Zealand counterpart to review the Fiji Parliament Hansard operations and make recommendations for its future development.

Assistance is also being provided in the ongoing development of the Fiji Parliament’s community engagement plan, including parliamentary education for schools.

This project work is being undertaken as part of the Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships program, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and delivered in partnership with the Australian federal parliament and the United Nations Development Programme.

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