Wednesday, 11 March 2009 2:48 PM

Parliament Launches New Sound System

Solomon Islands' National Parliament will now enjoy the luxury of a new sound system in its chamber.

Today marked a milestone as Members of Parliament, Speaker of Parliament and donor partners officially launched the National Parliament's newly installed chamber sound system.

RAMSI through its Machinery of Government Program committed more than 1.25 million dollars towards the installation of the new chamber system.

The Speaker of Parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea, in his opening remarks, acknowledged RAMSI being an active supporter to National Parliament through strong link with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Parliamentary Strengthening Project.

"The launch of this new system marks an important event and milestone in the history of the National Parliament. It represents another step forward in Parliamentary capacity to undertake crucial role as a supreme legislative, oversight and representative body of Solomon Islands," Sir Peter said.

He further acknowledged special relationships that support the Parliament on their quest to become the best and most effective legislative in the Pacific.

In the case of this project, he adds that there were relationships developed over many years, relationship based on mutual respect and a shared commitment to achieving mutually agreed goals.

Sir Peter highlighted that there are relationships that provide a great example of how coordinated work can lead to great outcomes.

He described the launch today as the "culmination of hard work behind the scenes."

"Parliament has an extremely hard working and efficient Secretariat working closely with the media and I.C.E Design Company as well as Pacific Architects Ltd, working long hours to ensure the new system was ready on time."

He said today marks an achievement that will ensure that the people of Solomon Islands could hear what is going on in Parliament, with the hope of facilitating citizens' deeper knowledge on the role of the national state house.

Solomon Times understands that the company who worked on installing the new system previously worked together to install sound system in the Australian Federal Parliament, New South Wales State Parliament, High Court of Australia and the New Zealand Parliament.

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