Brunei hosts AIPA 2nd Human Capacity Development workshop

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THE Second Workshop of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) Human Capacity Development began at the Legislative Council building yesterday.

Hosted by Brunei Darussalam through its Department of Councils of State, the two-day event is held in collaboration with the AIPA and the German agency for international development cooperation or GIZ. The first workshop was organised in Phnom Penh, Cambodia last August.

During its opening ceremony, Secretary to the Cabinet Ministers’ Council and Clerk to Legislative Council Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Jaya Dato Paduka Hj Judin Hj Asar said that officers of the Houses are no different from the civil servants today.

While the civil servants serve the executive branch, the officers of the Houses provide services to the Legislative branch of the government.

“Executive officers of the parliament not only work as advisers to the Speaker but also act as a resource person to the members, must be well-prepared, become the high-fliers, adapt to changes and acquire more knowledge by learning,” said Pehin Dato Hj Judin in his welcoming speech.

“Your duty is not only confined to the work of parliament but you are required to know a broad range of topics, be it politics, economy, social, cultural or other relevant matters which become an issue during the international and regional conference which you may be required to attend,” he told the 18 participants from AIPA member countries such as Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

He underscored the importance of learning to be limitless as there is no end to acquiring knowledge.

Brunei, he said, has introduced the lifelong learning concept, especially in schools.

Also in attendance during the opening ceremony were members of the Legislative Council Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Shafiee Ahmad, Secretary General of AIPA Periowsamy Otharam and GIZ Technical Assistance Coordinator/Regional Advisor of AIPA Capacity Development Bernardo R Agawin, Jr.

Otharam in his remarks said that the workshop in Brunei aims to enable the participants to craft the initial draft for a human capacity development plan for the respective parliament.

“In order to assist you to draft the plan, we will be presenting to you the draft Common Framework on Human Capacity Development for AIPA which will serve as a guide in drafting your plans,” he said.

“One of the end results of this workshop will see participants discuss and network with each other on their respective capacities,” he added.

After the opening ceremony, AIPA Secretary General Otharam paid a courtesy call to the Speaker of the Legislative Council Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Rahman Dato Setia Hj Mohamed Taib.

The visit was to further strengthen friendship and bilateral relations between Brunei and AIPA Secretary General.

The Second Workshop of the AIPA Human Capacity Development will end this afternoon.

The Brunei Times