Parliamentary Strengthening Consultations in Vanuatu
From 14 to 18 March 2011 CDI Deputy Director Grant Harrison and CDI Associate the Hon Kevin Rozzoli visited the Vanuatu Parliament for consultations with senior parliamentary staff and members of parliament. Meetings were held with:
- the Clerk, Lino Bulekuli dit Sacsac;
the Deputy Clerk, Leon Teter;
the Parliamentary Librarian, Leiwa Moli;
the Private Secretary to the Speaker, Yoan Mariasua;
Hon Bob Loughman MP, formerly Chairman of the Standing Orders Committee; and
Hon Ralph Regenvanu MP, Minister for Justice and formerly a member of the Standing Orders Committee
The visit was an opportunity to plan for the final phase of the review of Standing Orders (a project undertaken during 2010 by the Standing Orders Committee of the Vanuatu Parliament with technical assistance from CDI) and to develop a program of additional parliamentary strengthening activities.
A brief report of the visit summarizing the results of these consultations and identifying potential future activities is attached.
During the visit CDI also meet with the Australian Ambassador to Vanuatu, Mr Jeff Roach, and his staff, and with Derek Brien (the Executive Director of the Pacific Institute of Public Policy).