Legislative Council of Brunei Darussalam hosted Workshop 2 on Human Capacity Development, 16 – 19 May 2016

05 October 2017

Introduction

The Second Workshop on Human Capacity Development Framework was held and hosted by the Legislative Council of Brunei Darussalam from 16 to 19 May, 2016. This workshop is a follow-up to the first Workshop held in August 2015 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The Workshop was attended by officers involved in human resource management from 6 AIPA member parliaments, namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, including those from the AIPA Secretariat.

The facilitator for the workshop was Ms Jenny Pearson, a human capacity development consultant working for GIZ projects that aim to enhance the capacity of ASEAN member parliaments in the field of parliamentary research and analysis, budget analysis, bill drafting, English Language, and parliamentary communications and public relations. The focus of the workshop was on how AIPA member parliaments could determine the strategy of enhancing their staff’s capacity.

In a nutshell, the aims of the workshop were to enable the participants to discuss and agree on the common framework on human capacity development of AIPA and to craft a Human Capacity Development Plan for each member parliament.

 

Remarks by Hon Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Jaya Dato Paduka Awang Haji Judin bin Haji Asar, Clerk of the Legislative Council of Brunei Darussalam, and Secretary to the Council of Cabinet Ministers of Brunei Darussalam

In his welcoming remarks, the Hon Pehin Dato Haji Judin Asar underlined that as officers of Parliament, they should not resist change, because civil servants have considerable practical experience of government and it is their job to point out what they think would work and what won’t.

He emphasized that officers of Parliament were committed to providing a broad range of services to the Legislative branch of government. Experienced officers contribute their experience and knowledge of parliamentary practices and procedures. Senior officers of Parliament act not only as advisers to the Speaker but also as resource persons to Members of Parliament. The duty of parliamentary staff is not confined only to the work of Parliament but extend beyond to matters touching on their country’s political, socio-economic,  cultural, defence and other areas which may become an issue at the international or regional conferences and meetings their Parliaments attend.

Knowledge gained through both formal and informal learning, combined with long experience, will help them in discharging their responsibility more effectively. Acquiring knowledge by learning has no end, known in Brunei Darussalam as the concept of “Pembelajaran Sepanjang Hayat” or “lifelong learning”.

He tendered his profound thanks to GIZ, whose funding of the workshop would broaden participants’ knowledge on Human Capacity Development. Pehin Dato Haji Judin Asar also reiterated a quote from Sir Anthony Part that said “He who loses the will to learn sets a limit to his achievements, and perhaps even to his life”.

 

Remarks by Secretary General of AIPA, Hon Mr P O Ram

The Hon Mr P O Ram, AIPA Secretary General, began by expressinghis profound gratitude to the Legislative Council of Brunei Darussalam. He noted that under the stewardship of the Hon Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Jaya Dato Paduka Awang Haji Judin bin Haji Asar, Clerk of the Legislative Council of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei kindly undertook to host a workshop, bringing the total number of member Parliaments which had done so to eight.

AIPA Secretariat looks forward to the ninth Parliament, namely Malaysia, hosting a workshop on Civil Society Organization Networking and Outreach in August, and hopes that the Congress of the Philippines would be able to host at least one workshop by the end of next year.

He noted that many participants in this workshop had attended the first workshop held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, last August.  At the first workshop, the concept of Human Capacity Development was presented and discussed and, at the end of the workshop, participants were invited to provide their opinion on the area of Human Capacity Development suitable for their Parliament.

On the other hand, the aim of this workshop was to enable parliament officers to craft the initial draft for a Human Capacity Development plan for their parliaments.  A Common Framework on Human Capacity Development for AIPA would be presented to participants to assist them to draft the plan, which would serve as a guide in drafting their plans for their Parliaments.

The workshop would see participants discussing and networking with one another on their respective capacities.  As a group, parliament officers attending this workshop would be referred to as the community of Human Capacity Development professionals from the Member Parliaments. With a better appreciation of the requirements of the respective AIPA member parliaments, a social media platform through AIPA Connect will enable this community of professionals to bond and exchange information within the group.

He concluded his remarks with a fervent hope that the objectives of the workshop would be achieved, though he was aware that it was not an easy task, but that participants were there to help one another, learn from one another and move forward together to help achieve the aims and goals of AIPA.

 

Remarks by Mr Bernardo Agawin Jr, Technical Assistance Coordinator of GIZ Project for AIPA

On behalf of the management of German Development Cooperation or GIZ, he sincerely thanked the Legislative Council of Brunei Darussalam for hosting the workshop.

As a first-time visitor to Brunei Darussalam, Mr Agawin instantly fell in love with the serenity and beauty of the country, as well as the warmth and hospitality of her people.

Mr Agawin informed the participants that the second workshop on Human Capacity Development was part of the activities of the joint GIZ-AIPA project on Capacity Development for AIPA which started during the Phase 1 in 2014 and ended in February 2016, and further extended as Phase 2 ending in February 2018.

He also said that the overall aim of the project was to support the ASEAN integration process and contribute to the peace, stability and security in the ASEAN region, and, in particular, to strengthen the parliamentary policy-making process and control functions of AIPA member parliaments.

He also informed the participants that the project was being funded by the people of Germany through the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany and implemented by GIZ, or German Development Cooperation. The three components of the project are: (1) Inter-parliamentary Knowledge Management, (2) Human Capacity Development, and (3) Communication and Outreach.

He also explained that this workshop was part of the component on Human Capacity Development, and one of the success indicators for this component is for the AIPA Member Parliaments to formulate a common “Human Capacity Development Framework.”

Mr Agawin also encouraged the participants to put to practical use the concept and the framework of Human Capacity Development to improve the capacities of the staff and officers in their parliaments.

Finally, he expressed his hope that this concept of human capacity development which was initially planted in this project by the Federal Republic of Germany and GIZ could be nurtured by all AIPA member Parliaments, so that it could contribute to the vision of making the ASEAN region peaceful, stable and secure.

 

The Workshop

This second workshop started with an interactive refresher on the human capacity development concept which took place at the first workshop where participants raised their comments and inputs grouped into similarities, differences and interesting points during the previous workshop.

The following objectives were the focus of discussion:

  1. To analyse the proposed framework discussed at the first workshop;
  2. To understand the steps and components necessary for comprehensive human capacity development planning;
  3. To understand the different approaches and tools for conducting human capacity assessments;
  4. To craft an initial draft of a Human Capacity Development Plan for AIPA Member             Parliaments; and
  5. To create a networking platform for professionals from AIPA Member Parliaments.

On the first day, an overview of AIPA’s proposed planning framework for human capacity development was discussed among participants, preceded by their recalling the concept and goals discussed during the previous workshop. Subsequent discussions were focused on AIPA’s proposed planning framework for human capacity development, suggested capacity assessment tools, as well as orientation and guidance on the planning exercise.

The participants were divided into inter-country groups for a more in-depth exchange and sharing of ideas on how to pave the way forward to meet the acknowledged objective of the workshop, which was to set forth a common framework on human capacity development for all AIPA member Parliaments.

Key principles, capacity assessment tools and sustainability framework on Human Capacity Development were some of the important subjects discussed and exchanged among participants which were later used as a model in crafting their own Human Capacity Development Plans. In-depth discussions on the framework for AIPA Human Capacity Development Plan were also carried out, including an assessment of the current situation in each respective AIPA member parliament, followed by their presentation on the plan and requirement as conditions to fulfill the purpose of having a framework on human capacity development.

The workshop hosted by the Legislative Council of Brunei Darussalam was a success, enhancing the bonding among participants in the process. The goals of the workshop of developing the Human Capacity Development Framework and establishing a network among officials of the human resource management division of national parliaments were achieved. This network would make use of the electronic platform of AIPA Connect (AIPA Intranet System) to further strengthen the exchange of information and build up the capacity of the staff of AIPA member parliaments to meet the challenges of AIPA as the supportive legislative arm to achieve ASEAN’s goals.

 

Closing Remarks

The Workshop was closed with remarks delivered by Ms Rose Aminah, Deputy Clerk, on behalf of the Legislative Council of Brunei Darussalam. She expressed her appreciation for the success of the workshop and thanked its facilitator and consultant, Ms Jenny Pearson.  She stated that it was the first time Brunei Darussalam had hosted such a workshop, providing the platform for all participants to share and exchange ideas and information on the different approaches and tools that could be used in the conduct of human capacity development via a high quality network of professionals from AIPA member parliaments utilizing AIPA Connect.

She reiterated that participants now had a better understanding and knowledge of the implementation process necessary in their respective parliaments. She thanked AIPA Secretary General Hon P O Ram and the GIZ Technical Assistance Coordinator, as well as officers of the AIPA Secretariat for their help and collaboration in putting the workshop together. She concluded her remarks by congratulating and thanking the participants for their constructive debate and contribution of ideas in the workshop in Bandar Seri Begawan.

 

Note   

 The workshop was held at the Legislative Council of Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan. The next workshop on the same topic will be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from 22 to 25 August 2016.

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