There is a general lack of knowledge regarding the range of technologies being used for capturing and reporting parliamentary proceedings; the benefits and drawbacks of each approach; the appropriateness of each technology in a specific context, taking into account differences in income level, language and culture among countries; and the opportunities for bi-lateral or multi-lateral cooperation that exist, regardless of the development level of each parliament.
Following the Workshop on “ICT Strategic Planning in the SADC Parliaments”, held from 26 to 28 July 2010 in Windhoek, Namibia, the Global Centre and the SADC Parliamentary Forum fielded the first mission on 24 to 29 October 2010, to assist the National Assembly of Malawi in the development of the ICT Strategic Plan. The mission focused on the current state of the ICT envisioning the implementation of the Parliament Strategic Plan.
The Fifth Meeting of the Board of the Global Centre took place on 22 October 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was hosted by the Pan-African Parliament, in conjunction with the World e-Parliament Conference 2010. The Board meeting focused on a review of the activities of the Global Centre and a discussion of a 2010-2020 Framework Programme for the Global Centre. The Board also elected the European Parliament and the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Republic as new co-Chairs.
The Fourth Meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament took place in Rome on 20-21 September 2010 and focused on 1) Review of 2010 activities, 2) Overview of the objectives and structure of the upcoming Meeting of the Board, 3) Elements for a draft Board statement, 4) Presentation of the draft 10-year programmatic document for the continuation of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament and discussion, 5) Presentation of the Agenda of World e-Parliament Conference 2010 and discussion, and 6) Presentation of the Global Centre’s work plan for 2010 and 2011.
27 September - Hon. Michael Carrington, Speaker of the House of Assembly of Barbados, opened the Workshop on ICT Strategic Planning in Parliaments of the Caribbean addressing parliamentary delegations of twelve countries attending the meeting. The Workshop, co-organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, through the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, and the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD), focused on experiences and methodologies to better plan ICT processes in the legislative environment.
- House of Elders of Afghanistan
- Council of the Nation of Algeria
- Senate of Argentina
- National Assembly of Armenia
- Parliament of Australia
- National Assembly of Azerbaijan
- Shura Council of Bahrain
- Parliament of Bangladesh
- Parliament of Barbados
- House of Representatives of Belgium
- National Assembly of Benin
- National Council of Bhutan
- Chamber of Deputies of Bolivia
- National Assembly of Botswana
- Chamber of Deputies of Brazil
- National Assembly of
The APKN Charter of 2008 stipulates that the APKN operates under the authority of the Speakers and Presidents of APKN member assemblies who meet in plenary every two years to approve the reports of activities and the strategic plan of action of the APKN as presented by the Executive Committee, as well as set new priorities and goals for the next two years.
The beneficiaries of the Project are the parliamentary
assemblies of 16 countries of the Caribbean
2nd Regional Workshop “The Impact of New Technologies in the Transformation of the Legislative Branch: From Awareness, to Planning, to Action”
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), will hold a Regional Workshop entitled “The Impact of New Technologies in the Transformation of the Legislative Branch: From Awareness, to Planning, to Action” from May 30th ‐ June 1st, 2012, in Bridgetown, Barbados.
1st Regional Workshop on ICT Strategic Planning in the Parliaments of the Caribbean
The Regional Workshop
on ICT Strategic Planning in Parliaments of the Caribbean, held from 27 to 29 September in Bridgetown,
Barbados, provided a regional platform to exchange practices among the Caribbean parliaments on the
potential of ICT in parliament and on the importance of strategic planning for its effective adoption and integration in parliamentary processes.
Starting in early 2011 technical missions will be carried out to evaluate the institutional and organizational context within which the parliaments currently operate and to help them draw ICT strategic plans for the effective introduction and use of ICT.
It is envisaged that two technical missions of one week will visit each chamber. The missions will be composed of staff from and experts identified by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament who would dialogue with the IT Departments and senior officials of the parliaments in the region.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From 14-18 November in the framework of the European Commission funded project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in Caribbean Parliaments”, a first technical assistance mission visited the Houses of Parliament of Grenada. The mission team was strengthened with support from the Parliament of Australia, through the provision of a senior IT expert.
In the framework of the European Commission funded project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in the Caribbean Parliaments”, a first technical mission was conducted to the Parliament of Barbados (19 to 23 September 2011) to carry out an assessment of the status of ICT in both Houses of the Parliament and make initial recommendation for the ICT Strategic Plan.
The Project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in the Caribbean Parliaments” intends to assist the Caribbean parliaments in developing their vision and comprehensive strategic plans for the effective deployment of ICT
The report "Progress made in the implementation of
and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at
the regional and international levels" has been prepared in response to the request by the Economic
and Social Council, in its resolution 2006/46, to the United Nations
Secretary-General to inform the Commission on Science and Technology for
Development (CSTD) on the implementation of the outcomes of the World
Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) as part of his annual reporting
to the Commission.
These contributions were prepared as an input to
the report of the UN Secretary-General on “Progress made in the
implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on
the Information Society at the regional and international levels”.
Included are reports from WHO, the World Bank Group, UNIDO, WIPO, UNESCO
and other organizations.