The Parliamentary Centre’s presence in the Americas a natural extension of our work in Haiti. The Centre has developed partnerships in Central America and the Caribbean region to provide expertise in capacity and institutional building for legislatures looking to exercise their oversight role over the executive. In the Americas the Parliamentary Centre’s activity is very much related to public safety and security sector reform.
For the extractive industry to act as a vector for sustainable development, a strong involvement of legislators in overseeing the government action is required. This was the key message of two workshops, which brought together parliamentarians from both the governing coalition and the opposition, civil society representatives and other stakeholders such as the Trinidad & Tobago EITI Steering Committee. They were successful in raising awareness of the possible steps
toward a more transparent management of the extractive industries based on each country’s special circumstances.
Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago
Focus: Parliaments, the Environment and Climate Change; Parliaments and Natural Resources
Management; Civil Society Organizations
Funder: Canadian International Resources and Development Institute
The Haiti Parliamentary Support Project (HPSP) was launched in December 2006. The goal of the project was to contribute to the strengthening of political governance and the promotion of national dialogue. The Parliamentary Centre provided ongoing technical support for parliamentarians during the review of several bills, for example the Electoral Bill, the Organization and Financing of Political Parties Bill, the Customs Code Bill, the Minimum Wage Bill, the 2009-2010 Budget Bill and the Bill on Responsible Paternity. Activities were suspended following the tragic earthquake in January 2010.
January 2007 – January 2011
Focus: Parliamentary Institution; Legislative Drafting; Parliaments and Gender
Funder: Global Affairs Canada