Support to ICT Strategic Planning in the Caribbean Parliaments

Report of the Regional Workshop "The Impact of New Technologies in the Transformation of the Legislative Branch", May 2012, Barbados

The Regional Workshop "The Impact of New Technologies in the Transformation of the Legislative Branch" was part of the activities implemented in the framework of projects aimed at parliaments in the region: (i) the Project Support to ICT Strategic Planning in the Parliaments of the Caribbean Parliaments”, funded by the European Commission, through the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, and implemented by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), through the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, and CARICAD, and (ii) the Technical Cooperation Programme “Connected Parliaments”, led by the Institutional Capacity of the State Division of the IDB, and supported by the Italian Trust Fund for Information and Communication Technology for Development.

First Technical Assistance Mission to the Senate of Haiti

Between 21 and 25 May a technical assistance mission team visited the Senate of Haiti in Port-Au-Prince. The team consisting of a UN representative, and two experts kindly provided by the House of Commons of Canada, and the Swiss Federal Parliament, conducted an assessment of the state of ICT, and made a mapping of future ICT needs. This first mission will be followed by a second mission in June that will focus on the development of an ICT strategic plan for the Senate of Haiti.

Technical Assistance Mission to the National Assembly of St. Kitts and Nevis

Between 30 April and 10 May a technical assistance mission team from the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, with expertise kindly provided by the Senate of the Netherlands, carried out an evaluation of the state of ICT at the National Assembly of St. Kitts and Nevis, and assisted the parliamentary officials with the formulation of an ICT Strategic Plan for the National Assembly, including a vision statement for the use of ICT, strategic goals, objectives and an implementation road map.

Second technical mission to the Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda

A second technical assistance mission in the framework of the Project "Support to ICT Strategic Planning in the Caribbean Parliaments" carried out important ICT visioning and strategic planning exercises at the Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda, between 30 April and 4 May. The team consisted of the the National Project Officer from CARICAD and a senior e-Parliament expert from the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament.

Second technical mission to the Parliament of Grenada

Between 23 and 27 April a second technical mission to the Parliament of Grenada took place. The mission was led by the National Project Officer of CARICAD supported by a Senior Parliamentary Expert from the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, as well by a Senior IT Manager of the House of Representatives of Australia.

Second Regional Workshop "The Impact of New Technologies in the Transformation of the Legislative Branch"

Date: 
Wed, 30/05/2012 - Fri, 01/06/2012

The Regional Workshop entitled “The Impact of New Technologies in the Transformation of the Legislative Branch: From Awareness, to Planning, to Action” was roganized by the United Nations, through its Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD), from May 30th ‐ June 1st, 2012, in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Second technical mission to the Parliament of Saint Lucia

The second technical mission to the Parliament of Saint Lucia took place between 26 and 30 March. The mission was led by the National Project Officer of CARICAD supported by a Senior Parliamentary ICT Advisor of the Global Center. Thanks to the excellent follow up and organization of the Parliament of Saint Lucia the second mission was able to take place so quick after the first one (at the beginning of March).

Second technical mission to the Parliament of Guyana

The second technical mission to the Parliament of Guyana took place between 12 and 16 March. The mission was led by the Senior Advisor of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, supported by the National Project Officer of CARICAD. In addition the mission was integrated for two days by an expert from the National Assembly of Suriname to provide for visioning purposes a demonstration of the UNDESA-developed BUNGENI parliamentary information system.

Second mission to the Senate of the Dominican Republic

The second mission to the Senate of the Dominican Republic took place between 19 and 23 March. The mission is supported by the Senate of Chile through the provision of senior technical expertise. In addition the mission is joined by senior expertise from UNDESA´s Africa i-Parliament Action Plan.

Second mission to the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago

The second mission to the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago took place between 5 and 9 March. The ICT Strategic Plan and Implementation Roadmap were successfully developed. There was a high level of leadership involvement and endorsement, as well as critical and valuable inputs from senior staff. The mission benefited from the excellent ICT planning expertise provided by the House of Commons of the Parliament of Canada.

Second technical mission to the National Assembly of Suriname

Between 20 and 23 February a second technical mission from the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, consisting of the the Project Coordinator Mr. Avinash Bikha, and Mr. Vanderlei Batista Dos Santos, Electronic Archiving Expert from the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil, visited the National Assembly of Suriname, for facilitating the ICT strategic planning process at the Assembly.

Second technical assistance missions to the National Assembly of Belize and the Parliament of Barbados

Following the first technical assistance missions carried out by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament in September and November 2011, respectively to the National Assembly of Belize and the Parliament of Barbados in the framework of the European Commission funded project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in Caribbean Parliaments”, the second missions took place between 19 January and 1 February with the aim of assisting each legislature with the formulation of a shared vision for ICT and a strategic plan. In addition the technical missions will advise on the technical implementation options.

First technical assistance mission to the National Assembly of the Republic of Suriname

The technical assistance mission team from the Global Centre with support from the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil, succesfully completed the first mission to the National Assembly of the Republic of Suriname. Besides assessing the ICT infrastructure, organization, services delivery within the institution a thourough analysis was made of the archiving standards, policies and needs.

First technical assistance mission to the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

From 5 to 9 December in the framework of the European Commission funded project Support to ICT Strategic Planning in Caribbean Parliaments, a first technical assistance mission visited the "Red House" and other parliamentary buildings, to carry out an assessment on the state of ICT at the Parliament.

Second technical assistance mission to the Houses of Assembly of Dominica

Following the first technical assistance mission carried out by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament to the House of Assembly of Dominica, from 14-18 November 2011 in the framework of the European Commission funded project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in Caribbean Parliaments”, the second mission took place with the aim of assisting the House of Assembly with the formulation of a shared vision for ICT and Strategic Plan.

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