Honiara, Solomon Islands – Members of Parliament in the Solomon Islands are now able to access a wide range of information relevant to their needs from their desktops, with the launch of the first parliament website in Honiara today.

The website will support Members of Parliament to fulfill their constitutional duties by providing them with up-to-date information on a range of topics, including parliamentary business and procedure, bills and legislation, parliamentary debates, and committee proceedings and reports.

At the launch the Speaker of the National Parliament Honorable Sir Peter Kenilorea said the event marked another milestone in the strengthening of the National Parliament through the UNDP’s Parliamentary Strengthening Project.

“The launch today of the National Parliaments website takes us another step towards meeting the information needs of Members and all stakeholders committed to open and accountable government – especially the people of Solomon Islands” Sir Peter said.

“I would like to acknowledge the important support of our donors, UNDP and AusAID who have been constant and dedicated supporters of the project. I also sincerely thank the government and all members for their strong commitment to the project and the positive way each of you has engaged with the staff and taken up the new services available to you,” Sir Peter added.

In her remarks UNDP Deputy Resident Representative and Manager of the Joint UN Presence in Solomon Islands, Christina Carlson, also highly commended the establishment of the parliamentary website especially noting the benefits it will avail to Members of Parliament.

“Members of parliament are responsible for articulating the needs and preferences of citizens and transforming them into appropriate policies and legislation. To do so, MPs require access to a wide range of information sources. The parliamentary website will help to address this need, by enabling parliamentarians to access the information they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week”, she said. “With the end of the current Parliamentary Strengthening project approaching in December, UNDP is planning a second phase of support for the National parliament. The second phase of the project will continue to improve the quality of the support available to MPs—to help them make decisions that are in the best interests of their constituents, and their country,” Ms Carlson added.

The website is also linked to the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Pacific islands Legal Information Institute (PACLII)

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