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By Aloysius Laukai

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, March 31) – The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) will help the Autonomous Bougainville Government House of Representatives build its capacities in the next three years, Speaker Nick Peniai has announced.

[PIR editor’s note: The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association currently has more than 50 member parliaments and works in the fields of good governance democracy human rights. The 2005 Vice-Patron is Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu Uluivuda, President of Fiji.]

Mr Peniai told a news conference last Friday in Buka after returning from the 55th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meeting in London, that Bougainville would be assisted by the association in the next three years, starting this year.

He said funding assistance totalling [GBP 20,000] [US$34,757] would be released annually to the office of Parliamentary Services under this assistance package.

Mr Peniai said this was apart from the library books for the speaker and clerk’s offices, which would also be supplied from the British Parliament’s library.

He said these generous gestures would enlighten ABG members and assembly staff on procedures of Parliament.

He also said under the assistance from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, a lawyer and former New Zealand Parliament Speaker would be assigned to help and set up ABG’s Parliamentary Services office.

April 3, 2006

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