Learning How to Represent the People: A Five Day Induction for Members of Parliament Kicks OffFeb 15, 2016
[Nay Pyi Taw – February 15] A five-day induction programme began today to enable new Members of Parliament (MP) to learn about their legislative, oversight and representative functions, as well as their broader roles and responsibilities.
The programme is being organized by the Myanmar Hluttaw with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), based on a survey of MPs from the 1st Myanmar Hluttaw. Myanmar’s former MPs said that they needed more support from the start, and more opportunities to learn about the role and functions of the parliament.
The vast majority of the 491 elected MPs are new to the Hluttaw. They will have the opportunity to share experience with current and former parliamentarians from Australia, Bhutan, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Timor Leste, and the United Kingdom.
Renata Dessallien, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative stated, “The political transition in Myanmar to date, including the Hluttaw transition, is being closely watched by the people and can serve as an example to future would-be Myanmar parliamentarians as well as to parliaments in other countries. The induction programme will provide a unique opportunity for Myanmar's new parliamentarians to exchange ideas and enhance their skills with parliamentarians from other legislative institutions from around the world."
In his opening speech, the Speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw noted ‘the programme will contribute to developing and shaping democracy in Myanmar by helping MPs from Myanmar understand more about the functions of the Hluttaw."
The Speaker of the Pakistan Senate and IPU representative, Raza Rabbani added that “the process of transition is a process which demands time, patience and perseverance. It is my hope that the Inter-Parliamentary Union, UNDP partnership in support of the Myanmar Hluttaw will enable them to chart new frontiers.”
UNDP and IPU have supported institutional development and capacity building of the Myanmar Hluttaw since 2013 with funding from the governments of Finland, Sweden and United Kingdom.
Parliament: U Zaw Hein, Deputy Director General, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on 067-591308
UNDP: Shobhna Decloitre, Communications Specialist on 09250345158 or firstname.lastname@example.org