United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Deputy Speaker proud of women in Practice Parliament program

Deputy Speaker, John Simon welcomed all 45 women intending to run as candidates in the upcoming 2017 National Elections took to the State Function room to participate in a mock session.

The women spent the last week under taking training and skills development on both policy and parliamentary issues ending the training by standing up in a parliamentary setting, debating public policies and legislation for the first time in the history of the National Parliament.

Practice Parliament program for women gains momentum

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator, Roy Trivedy said during the past week, government officials gave the participants policy briefings on issues such as the Governments Vision 2050, Medium Long Term Development Plan and District Services Improvement Program, as well as on climate change, decentralization and family planning.

“Parliamentary staff also trained the women on key procedures in readiness for the Practice session,” says Trivedy.

50 female candidates in parliamentary training

In  a highly competitive process,  participants from 22 provinces were selected from over 200 applicants and will be trained on critical national policy issues, parliamentary processes and campaign strategies from 6 to 13 March 2017 in Port Moresby.

With only three female MPs out of 111 in Papua New Guinea’s current parliament, women continue to be under-represented as political leaders and elected officials.

ABG focused on developing media in region

This move has seen the upgrade of the NBC Bougainville facilities where the ABG committed K5 million to improve the coverage and broadcasting of the radio station.

In opening the facility ABG President, Dr John Momis said this included the procurement of new studio broadcast equipment, renovation to the Hutjena studio, procurement of a brand new fully digital 10 kilowatt shortwave transmitter.