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Parliament is adjourned until 9:30 am on Monday 16th December 2019.

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THURSDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2019

His Royal Highness, Prince Charles delivered his address to the National Parliament of Solomon Islands on Monday the 25th of November.

In his address to Members of the House, he highlighted the need to give young people the skills and personal development training they need to lead productive fulfilling lives. Seventy percent of Solomon Islands population is age 30 and under.

Also, the need to tackle the increasing gender base violence on women for in order for the country to achieve full potential.

Alongside Solomon Islands Human capital is the precious natural environment and biodiversity of these Islands.

In this regard, he acknowledged the unique biodiversity and natural resources that the Solomon Islands possesses and highlighted the potential for bio based goods.

He said it is his dearest wish that the Solomon Islands might become a beacon in this region and across the commonwealth as a whole, showing how priceless natural capital can be harness sustainably to guarantee the prosperity and security of future generations.

His Royal Highness leaves at 5pm today, the 25th of November 2019.

THURSDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2019

The Speaker of Parliament Hon Patteson Oti met with His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles on Monday 25 November at Parliament House.

The meeting took place in the Speaker’s Lounge where the Speaker and the Prince of Wales discussed various issues including the role of Parliament in overseeing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

His Royal Highness acknowledged the unique biodiversity and natural resources that the Solomon Islands possesses and highlighted the potential for bio based goods. His Royal Highness and the Speaker also briefly discussed the challenges faced by small legislatures in monitoring government policy, with the Speaker emphasizing the need for Parliamentary Committees to broaden their mandates.

The meeting concluded with an exchange of gifts in which the Speaker - Hon Patteson Oti presented His Royal Highness with a “Hatu” - a traditional war club from the Rennell & Bellona Province. The war club resembles the Parliamentary mace which symbolizes the Speaker’s authority in the chamber.

Following the meeting the Prince of Wales and the Speaker were escorted to the chamber for the address to Parliament by His Royal Highness.

WEDNESDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2019

The National Parliament of Solomon and UNDP hosted a week of budget analysis at the National Parliament Office last week which concluded this week on Tuesday, 19th November. UNDP has supported parliamentary activities across the world and the pacific by ensuring that good governance and legislative oversight are done in parliamentary democracy.

Mr. Heston Rence from the Committees Secretariat office of the National Parliament headed the Floating Budget Mission here in Honiara last week with the support of UNDP, a parliamentary specialist and four researchers from other parliaments in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga that came to assist the Parliament team develop an independent analysis of the 2020 National Budget.

The parliamentary team including the regional researchers successfully put together an analysis within a short period of time to deliver to the Members of Parliament and also to the Public Accounts Committee.

The program was officially closed last Friday with a Budget overview presentation to the Civil Society Organization. A second presentation for Members of Parliament was also held after the adjournment of Parliament on the 18th November.

The National Parliament Office is grateful to UNDP and other Pacific parliamentary researchers who provided support on improving parliamentary areas of oversight and also assisting through availing information that would benefit parliament members in making decision with regards to the national budget.

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