VANUATU has become the fifth country in the Pacific to receive support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through a three-year Parliament strengthening project with funding from the New Zealand Government’s Aid Program.
The UNDP Pacific Parliamentary Effectiveness Initiative (PPEI) was initially a NZ$3m funded project providing support to the Parliaments of Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tonga.
An additional NZ$900,000 has been injected into the overall project budget by the New Zealand Government to allow the project to work with the Vanuatu Parliament and to implement additional activities in the other four Parliaments.
The project maintains the overall goal of the project to help support Parliaments in the Pacific to undertake their legislative, oversight and representation role.
“The Vanuatu Parliament will benefit greatly from this support,” said the Acting Clerk for the Parliament of Vanuatu, Leon Teter.
“The project will allow our Parliament to develop and strengthen as well as offer an enriching learning experience for the Parliament of Vanuatu through comparing our work with the four other Parliaments under the PPEI project.”
“We’re very grateful to the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji and the New Zealand Government for this partnership.”
UNDP is the largest implementer of parliamentary development projects in the Pacific and globally.
The PPEI project follows on from the New Zealand Government’s ongoing support to the UNDP Fiji Parliament Support Project.
“The implementation of UNDP’s parliamentary work in the Pacific has been remarkable with over 30 capacity building activities organized by the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji with partner Parliaments in 2017 alone,” said Country Director, UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji and Head of Pacific Regional Program Policy, Bakhodir Burkhanov.
“UNDP recognizes the importance of strong and effective governance systems as an enabler for development across the board.”