Thursday, February 9, 2023
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Your duties have begun, Speaker reminds MPs

Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau today reminded newly elected Members of Parliament that the hard work of heeding the call of duty to carry out Parliamentary and Constitutional duties has already begun.

While addressing the MPs during the Induction Workshop at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva today, Ratu Epeli said they are now the representatives of all Fijians irrespective of which party they belonged to.

“I wish you all the best in the new Parliamentary term – I am sure the whole country is looking forward to your continuing service in Parliament.”

“It pleases me to convey a very special welcome to all elected members who will be entering Parliament for the first time. It is pleasing to see many new and young Fijians who have committed themselves to servicing the august House.”

While congratulating the Elected Members for a successful election into the Fijian Parliament, the Speaker said the one-day induction workshop is very important for all elected members as a preparatory requirement before Parliament sits for the first time.

“Please note that another week-long more intensive induction programme is scheduled in January and you will be duly notified ahead of time.”

“Further details and queries about Parliamentary processes and procedures as provided for under the Standing Orders and other documents will be covered and answered at that workshop.”

“Today, the secretariat team will focus mostly on the processes and procedures to be undertaken at the first meeting and swearing-in, and some important administrative and workplace matters that require your attention. And of course some of the basic information about Parliament and its role for our incoming new Members.”

He also told the Members to take this induction as just like any induction when you first enter a workplace or going to a new job.

“The Secretary-General and her hard working team are here today and onwards to provide you with guidance, advance and assistance as you settle into your role as a Member of Parliament.”

“But as I mentioned earlier, the primary aim of this one-day induction is to prepare for the swearing-in ceremony and other initial processes that we need to undertake before Parliament starts its work in earnest.”

“I would like to emphasise that such a workshop as this and training for Members of Parliament whether you are a new or old Member is an ongoing process. MPs training and capacity-building is firmly mainstreamed into the work of Parliament and especially in the work plans of the Secretariat.”

He mentioned in partnership with development partners like the UNDP, Parliaments in Australia, New Zealand and beyond, inter parliamentary forums like the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)  and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), we provide numerous opportunities for  ongoing capacity-building and awareness with the aim of ensuring that Members  undertake their Parliamentary functions effectively and efficiently.

“I sincerely hope you find today’s induction useful and I look forward to your earnest participation.”

Romeka Romena
Romeka Romena
Journalist | news@fijilive.com
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