UNDP is supporting the Solomon Islands Parliament since 2016, through two major parliamentary development projects: the Pacific Parliamentary Effectiveness Initiative (PPEI) project funded by New Zealand, and the Strengthening Legislatures in the Pacific Island Countries (SLIP), funded by the government of Japan.
For the National Parliament of Solomon Islands (NPSI), UNDP so far supported a number of activities that includes procurement of most needed ICT and Media equipment, support to reform of parliamentary procedures, general resourcing and mobilization of resources to parliamentary programs and initiatives, preparing and adhering to COVID-19 protocols, etc.
On Wednesday 30th March 2022, Clerk to National Parliament; Mr. David Kusilifu thanked UNDP for supporting the National Parliament Office to procure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), for staff and Members to comply with COVID-19 standard protocols.
Items such as: Surgical masks, Latex hand gloves, Safety Face Shield, Medical Disposal Protective suit and pure hand sanitizers were handed over to the Clerk by Mr. Ezekiel Parairae - UNDP national local coordinator with the National Parliament.
Since 2016, UNDP is also assisting the National Parliament of Solomon Islands (NPSI) to host an annual “Pacific Floating Budget Office” mission that provides an independent parliamentary analysis on the National Budget to Members of Parliament, so that they can debate and vote on the budget in an informed manner.
In 2020 UNDP, under its SLIP and PPEI projects reached out to assist with equipment that will enable Parliament to have zoom conferences and virtual meetings.
NPSI is now enjoying the ease of using this equipment to conduct meetings in a virtual fashion.
The Parliamentary Civic Education program and Committees have also benefitted a lot from UNDP assistance as they were able to mobilize Committee enquiries and outreach programs to other provinces with full support from SLIP and PPEI-II parliamentary development projects.
The PPEI project is funded by the Government of New Zealand and its phase II ends in 2023. The SLIP project is funded by the government of Japan and ends in 2022.