The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges everywhere and Parliaments are no exception.
Now more than ever it is a must for parliament to be more resilient as Vanuatu records its first positive COVID-19 case.
As such, the government of Japan’s recent donation of VT8 million worth of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) equipment to the Parliament of Vanuatu was particularly welcoming.
Japanese Ambassador to Vanuatu, Chiba Hirohisa said Japan is pleased to hand over ICT equipment to the national parliament.
“Laptops, routers, iPads, interactive whiteboards, headsets, webcams and software will enable parliaments and their committees to boost their resilience amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ambassador Hirohisa said in his remarks.
The third Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Assang Sannick who delivered the official response address during the handing over, thanked the Japanese government for its generous support.
“The ICT equipment will play a significant role in ensuring and aiding virtual communication with other parliaments in the Pacific or the world during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Deputy Speaker Assang said.
Parliament Standing Order (99) on Sessional Orders states, “The Parliament may from time to time adopt Sessional Orders which have effect for the duration of the session unless otherwise ordered.”
This means parliament can host virtual meetings like other countries in the world.
With the help of the United Nations Development Program, this will become a reality in the near future.