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Speaker Chairs IPU Session In Geneva

The Speaker of the Fijian Parliament, Dr Jiko Lu­veni, has chaired a session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (‘IPU’) 139th Assembly focusing on parliamentary leadership in promoting peace and develop­ment in
19 Oct 2018 10:02
Speaker Chairs IPU Session In Geneva
Speaker of the Fijian Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni, chaired a session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (‘IPU’) 139th Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland this week. Photo: Parliament of Fiji

The Speaker of the Fijian Parliament, Dr Jiko Lu­veni, has chaired a session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (‘IPU’) 139th Assembly focusing on parliamentary leadership in promoting peace and develop­ment in the age of innovation and technological change.

Dr Luveni chaired the session after a request by IPU President Gabriela Cuevas Barron.

She also participated as a pan­elist during a side event co-ordi­nated jointly by the IPU, UNDP and the Pew Research Centre. The event focused on the thematic area: “Exploring evolving under­standings of the social contract through the analysis of citizen perceptions”.

Dr Luveni, who is heading the Fi­jian delegation to the general as­sembly, said that by changing the nature of corporations, having a strategic government and having the different responsibilities of citizens we can evolve the nature of the social contract and repair it.

She provided practical examples from the Fijian context whereby Fiji is now providing grants to small and micro businesses to capitalise on the entrepreneurial spirit and providing training on fi­nancial management and savings.

Another example given was how the Ministry of Women held an annual women’s expo and pro­vided market access for business­women and promoted women entrepreneurship and economic development.

Dr Luveni said: “We can see how inclusivity of the social contract and the extent to which it is owned across multiple segments of socie­ty and how these are key factors in determining a community’s social cohesion levels.

“Having said that, I am optimis­tic that leaders in governments and in the private sector and CSOs are working out a new contract for the 21st century.”

The 139th assembly is intended to serve as a platform from which the parliamentary community can strengthen the role and im­pact of the scientific community in development.

The general debate at the assem­bly continues to see parliamen­tary debate and knowledge on the role of science as an enabler of dialogue.

The week-long meeting will cover an array of topics includ­ing: how can parliaments and parliamentarians better promote and develop science, technology, innovation and Science, Technol­ogy, Engineering and Mathemat­ics (‘STEM’) education and how more young people, particularly young women, can be encouraged to pursue scientific and engineer­ing studies.

Fiji’s delegation includes the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mer­eseini Vuniwaqa, and secretariat support staff.

Source: Parliament of Fiji

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