UNDP Supports Union Parliament Capacity through Dedicated Seminars on Law MakingAug 28, 2013
Nay Pyi Taw – More than 60 Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum undergo special training on Law Making supported by UNDP in August. The seminars are organized at the request of Union Parliament in order to enhance the Members of Parliament understanding of general process requirements and the tools available to MPs in order to access information and scrutinize the laws.
Parliamentarians were trained on topics such as review and revision of laws, parliamentary privileges and immunities and minority rights. According to UNDP Programme Analyst Edin Elgsaether, enabling the parliamentarians to discharge their constitutional mandates resourcefully will help enhance capacity of the Union Parliament and ultimately the country and its people.
The first two-week seminar was conducted in early August and the second seminar will end on 30 August. They are organized at the Hluttaw Office by Hluttaw Capacity Enhancement Supervisory Committee with support of UNDP. The seminars were coordinated with DFID who provided additional training sessions on legislative drafting. They are part of a series of capacity development workshops to be organized jointly by Hluttaw and UNDP.
The first workshop on lawmaking and legislative analysis was conducted in March attracting about 70 participants from both Houses of the Parliament. At present UNDP is designing additional training workshop to help parliamentary staff understand their supportive role in lawmaking processes.
Alex Nyi Nyi Aung, Communications Analyst