Tonga Parliament hosts Regional Meeting for Pacific Parliaments

Thursday, 07 November 2013 10:27

07 November 2013 English | Tongan The Legislative Assembly of Tonga will host a two day regional workshop for Pacific Parliaments from November 7 to 8 November 2013 at Fa’onelua Convention Centre, under the auspices of Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships.

The two day event aims to promote the role of parliaments, Tonga included, in discussing key regional issues.

There will be 33 participants from Pacific Parliaments that will participate in the workshop. Discussions will cover three broad theme of operating a modern parliament in the Pacific perspective.

Other discussion topics include encouraging equality of participation in parliamentary processes, particularly women’s participation and engagement with Parliament, and the services parliamentarians require to fully perform their duties.

The workshop will examine how parliamentarians use the skills acquired to tackle key policy issues such as climate change and ocean management.

Since 2010 the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) has worked with the Australian Parliament to hold an annual event with parliaments in the Pacific including Tonga.

The workshop is the fourth engagement between the Inter-Parliamentary Union(IPU) and parliaments in the Pacific. Holding this event in Nuku’alofa continues to show the commitment of IPU in the Pacific.

The workshop will be jointly co-ordinated between the IPU, Tongan Parliament and Australian Parliaments.

Participating countries include the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The first regional workshop for Pacific Parliaments was held in Auckland, New Zealand and Gold Coast in Australia in 2011.


Issued by: The Office of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, Kingdom of Tonga. For further information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Phone: +676 23565 or +676 24455


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