UNDP & People’s Majlis jointly hold Induction Training for the newly elected members of the eighteenth parliament
The UNDP and the secretariat of the People’s Majlis have jointly held a one-day induction training for the newly elected members of the eighteenth parliament last Monday (26 May 2014) at the Traders Hotel.
The training was supported under UNDP’s Integrated Governance Programme (IGP), which focuses on building institutional capacities of various national institutes in the Maldives.
The parliamentary elections held on 22nd March 2014 saw the election of 85 members of parliament of which 55 are newly elected. The workshop aimed at building knowledge and awareness on principles of democracy, parliamentary culture and processes, and international parliamentary best practices.
The workshop was facilitated by Dr. John Patterson who is an expert on parliamentary affairs with extensive experience working with parliamentarians around the world. Dr. John Patterson previously worked in similar assignments in Afghanistan and in Solomon Islands. He was assisted by the Deputy Secretary General of People’s Majlis, Ms. Fathimath Niusha.
In his remarks at the opening of the session, Speaker of People’s Majlis, Honorable Abdulla Shahid said that the People’s Majlis condenses the hopes and aspirations of the Maldivian people and their vision for a truly representative democratic state as envisaged by the Constitution of 2008. He expressed hope for an open, transparent and highly successful 18th People’s Majlis, and congratulated the newly elected MPs on their commitment to serve the nation and its people.
The Resident Representative a.i. of UNDP Maldives, Ms. Azusa Kubota noted that members of parliament, are the personification of democratic principles that the Maldives has embraced and nurtured to date while highlighting that MPs are entrusted with the vision, hope and aspirations of the people which they represent.
“As the name, People’s Majlis, suggests, MPs are expected to serve the people and realize their aspirations while enacting, amending and revising laws, within their mandate. This responsibility does not come lightly. UNDP is extremely privileged to be called upon to facilitate one-day session for distinguished Members of the Parliament and to discuss aspects of what it takes for Parliamentarians to fulfill this important responsibility,” said Ms. Kubota.
In addition to the workshop targeted for the 18th Majlis, the UNDP also supported the Secretariat of the People’s Majlis in organizing a similar capacity building training for its staff earlier in this week. The workshop which was also conducted by Dr. John Patterson was attended by 20 staffs of the parliamentary secretariat including senior officials of the secretariat.
Both the People’s Majlis and UNDP hope to continue this relationship through technical and advisory support to strengthen and accelerate key functions of the People’s Majlis and in deepening the democratic system of governance in the Maldives.