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Tuesday 12 November 2013
Members of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) looking into Auditor General's anual report to Parliament from years 2005 to 2009.
The Public Accounts Committee has met for its Second Meeting for 2013 on Monday 11 November 2013.
The Auditor-General of the Republic of Vanuatu was invited to attend the said meeting in order to have some discussions concerning some available reports from his office, to be submitted to the Committee for examination and report to Parliament.
On the same occasion, the Auditor-General of the Republic of Vanuatu will be presenting to the Committee the new proposed/draft Bill of the Public Accounts Committee which is part of the strengthening of the National Parliament and its Public Accounts Committee.
Parliament Debate Streaming Live Online
Issue No. 4007. Wednesday, November 6, 2013
By Glenda Shing
The next Parliament session which will be the extra-ordinary session held towards the end of this month (November), is to be stream live via Parliament Website (http://stream.parliament.gov.vu) and can be viewed from anywhere in the World.
This latest achievement has been made possible through the establishment of agreements and ties that the Vanuatu Parliament has had with the Congress of New Caledonia since 2003.
The Speaker of Parliament told the local , in a press conference, that the Congress of New Caledonia has funded equipment which is currently being used inside the Parliament Chamber, and the latest donation include sets of survaillance cameras which have already been installed inside the Chamber.
While announcing the news, Speaker Boedoro also called upon the members of Parliament to be cautious, as people would be looking at them live from their laptops or Computers.
"Our MPs must be cautious, in terms of dress-codes and their actions within the Chamber while session is on," Hon. Philip Boedoro said.
The sets of equipment funded by the Congress of New Caledonia include a projector and microphones.
Source: Vanuatu Daily Post
Vanuatu Parliament's first Open Day
Posted on October 28, 2013
By Anita Roberts
Yesterday was a significant day in the country's political history because for the first time since independence in 1980, the citizens of Vanuatu were allowed to enter their Parliament House, which has been ‘hidden’ from them for more than 33 years.
This was made possible through Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Philip Boedoro, who welcomed hundreds of visitors to Parliament on Thursday.
“Yes, it is true that Vanuatu is a democratic country and citizens are exercising their rights to vote for their leaders but, the reality of providing access for the electorate to witness and know what their representatives are doing or how the Parliament operates has been a long-term problem.
“This is part of the government's reform program, part of which was organising the successful Youth Parliament held on October 23.
“Also, the public will see that during this next sitting of Parliament, the Chamber will be fully set up with cameras. At the same time, the sessions will be streamed live through the internet,” said the speaker.
Parliament open day was an outreach activity that brought people to engage with their Members of Parliament and is a means of educating the public at large about the role of Parliament and their MPs.
It was attended by many students, teachers and principals of both primary and secondary schools in Port Vila, members of the general public and both former and current government ministers and MPs. The speech of the first Vanuatu speaker of Parliament , Maxime Carlot Korman, focused on the route the forefathers took to inaugurate the national constitution, which the Parliament is part of, and the challenges and developments in the institution. These programs are made possible through the United Nations Development Plan which has been providing funding and technical assistance to the Parliament of Vanuatu. According to the UNDP representative, Diane Araly, Vanuatu became a member of the UN in 1981, one year after independence. She added that while Vanuatu is celebrating its first Parliament Open Day, Thursday 23 is also world UN Day.
After the official speeches, the public divided into groups for the tour inside Parliament before gathering for the closing remarks made by the Clerk of Parliament, Mr.Louis Kalnpel..
The event was celebrated by the theme: “Parliament to the People”.
Source: Vanuatu Daily Post
Vanuatu's first Speaker congratulates Youth Parliament
Posted on October 28 2013
Vanuatu’s first speaker of Parliament, Maxime Carlot Korman, has joined the United Nations and the UN Joint Development Program in Vanuatu to congratulate the 52 youths who participated in the first ever Youth Parliament and made it a success.
Vanuatu’s first speaker, who, during the Youth Parliament ordinary session held on October 23, was sitting at the bench, said he appreciated being witness to how the government during the debate tried all possible ways to convince the opposition to agree to the bill for legalizing abortion in Vanuatu.
According to his observations, the debate by both the government and the opposition was solidly grounded on full consultations with the people.
However, he said it is also their - the Youth Parliamentarians’ - rights, outside the constitution of Vanuatu as MPs; to decide on what they believe is right for their people, in addition to findings from consultations.
“I am encouraging those Youths who participated in the government and opposition block to also seek advice from the Parliament committees before passing a Bill.
“I noticed there were more females than males in the Youth Parliament, unlike the current National Parliament. It is a sign that there will be more good future politicians in parliament,” he said.
The chief of UNICEF Field Office and UN joint presence, Diane Araki, also commended the turn-out for the two events.
“While this was the first Youth Parliament, we hope it will become part of a future program to strengthen and develop the internal capacity to undertake effective outreach and education programs to the public, as part of the parliamentary strengthening program,” said the UN representative.
Source: Vanuatu Daily Post
Youth Parliament's role in Political Party reform highlighted
Posted on November 5, 2013
By Jonas Cullwick
The first Vanuatu National Youth Parliament, held on Wednesday in Port Vila, formed part of the plans towards political party reform in the country. This is according to program analyst with the UNDP office in Port Vila, Donald Wouleseje, who commented on the program in which UNDP played a major role.
Wouleseje said many people in the country today complained that political parties have no vision or program to involve young people because of the way traditional political parties have been run, over the years since independence, which he said focused more on “pleasing political cronies”.
“The idea of grooming young people for leadership is not a small thing. We see this happening within the Graon mo Jastis Party, which is working with young people to create future leaders - and this was reflected in the GJP winning a huge share of the votes from young people in the last general election,” he added.
Wouleseje said in a lot of overseas countries today, leaders are reared through leadership programs with some starting as early as in primary and secondary schools. He was certain that leadership skills and training, if pursued by the country, would one day reap huge benefits in terms of having people in Parliament who possessed leadership skills and already knew about the roles and responsibilities of a Member of Parliament before they entered Parliament.
“75% of the people in the rural areas are young people of between 23 and 32 years of age, and their issues never get discussed at the national level. Discussion are often mostly about global issues, but never about local issues that affect the young people - the majority of them in rural areas, who never have a say about these issues,” he went on.
“Youths are not active participants in our society. We need to put in place programs to involve the young people and tap into their energy and drive for future development processes,” Wouleseje continued. He said the Youth Parliament is a great program where young people can learn leadership skills.
Members of the Vanuatu Parliament who attended the young people’s mock Parliament sitting were impressed with the program. MP for Tanna Joe Natuman said the young people tackled real issues that are of national concern - a reference to the Youth Parliament’s debate on the Bill to amend the Penal Code of Vanuatu, to allow women to seek an abortion in clearly-defined circumstances, which was passed by theYouth mock parliament.
Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry and Fisheries David Tosul noted the dress code of the members of the Youth Parliament. He said it demonstrated the importance of members maintaining a high standard of dress-code at all times to show respect for their positions and the highest law-making body of the land. The young men in Wednesday's Youth Parliament were dressed in dark suits and ties, while the women wore jackets.
Minister of Tourism, Industry and Trade Toara Daniel, after watching the sitting, commented on the level of the future leadership cadre and pointed out the importance of supporting the program.
Many of the 52 Youth Parliament members also expressed their satisfaction with the mock Parliament and the whole training program.
“It is a really good program for the government to support, through which future leaders can be identified,” said Sam Vula, a youth representative of Santo rural, who was elected 2nd Deputy Speaker of the Youth Parliament.
“When you take young people together in this House, you start to identify the potential future leaders. Youths coming in from rural areas talk about real issues, which government can pursue. Young people talk about the future because they are concerned about the future and how it will affect them,” he added.
Tess Kales, a young woman from Tanna, said she was pleased with the program because, she said “it allows youths to be involved in discussing issues and they - the participants - learn new ideas and skills that they can share with others and help young people.” She said she hoped to be part of a follow-up Vanuatu National Youth Parliament, expected to be staged early next year.
The occasion also attracted the interest of school students: a group from senior classes of Lycée Louis Antoine de Bougainville in Port Vila, accompanied by one of their teachers, visited Parliament and saw part of the Youth Parliament program on the day.
The first ever Vanuatu National Youth Parliament, sponsored by the Parliament of Vanuatu, Transparency (Vanuatu), UNDP, Live and Learn and some other local partners was held in Parliament House in Port Vila on Wednesday, October 23. It aimed at providing young people with the opportunity to experience the role of MPs within the Parliament of Vanuatu.
Source: Vanuatu Daily Post