The National Parliament has joined hands with the United Nations Development programme to strengthen its capacity.
Speaker of Parliament, Theo Zurenuoc, signed an MOU with UN Country Coordinator, Roy Trividy today.
Witnessed by UNDP Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, Haoliang Xu, the MOU paves the way forward for the Parliamentary support project, aimed to strengthen the Parliament’s capacity to achieve PNG’s development objectives.
Speaker, Theo Zurenuoc, said the parliamentary system lacks adequate chamber services, which have an impact on the ability of the Parliament to effectively play its legislative, oversight and representational roles.
Because of this, the Speaker said, he initiated this program to restore and reform the parliamentary system.
He said the project would strengthen and advance the current restoration, reformation and modernization vision.
Mr. Zurenuoc said this MOU focuses on achieving the three specific outputs.
The four year project will cost US$7.5 Million, which will be paid on installments with UNDP support.
Mr Xu said the Parliament can play an important role in accelerating the country’s Millennium Development Goals.
Staff development and proper library and ICT facilities are among things to be implemented under the project.
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