The Parliamentary Innovations and E-Instruments during and beyond Emergencies
The webinar was held within the Open Governance Parliamentary Council dedicated to the innovations and e-instruments in the Parliament during and beyond emergencies.
The international expert, Andy Williamson invited with the support of the EU and UNDP, overviewed the presentation “Parliamentary Activity during the Pandemic – Best International Practice”. He introduced the models of various countries and dwelt on the Parliamentary innovations.
“Digital technologies are the spine of a modern Parliament to ensure its activity. The digital strategy shall be based on the universal approach, where the Parliamentary practice and process serve as the main attributes of its transformation”, - he stated.
The Secretary General of the Parliament, Ketevan Kvinikadze overviewed the measures undertaken by the Parliament in this direction and the achieved progress.
“The Parliament and our Staff got successfully prepared for these acute challenges which were expected in our agenda. We established the systems allowing the staffers to work in a remote mode to ensure uninterrupted activity of the Parliament”, - she stated.
She touched upon the new website, its flexible system and overviewed the new mobile application, stressing the enactment of a remote education portal for the Training Center. As she noted, in 2 years of the pandemic, the Parliamentary Staff holds a document – Policy of Uninterrupted Staff Activity.
“We have passed the stages necessary for uninterrupted activity, though it was an impulsive response, a result of a high-quality teamwork but, backed by the UN project, we hold a document directly providing the scheme for the Departments to ensure uninterrupted activity of the Parliament”.
According to her, the Parliament also has an experience of hybrid model.
“We shall not be satisfied with these outcomes. A couple of days ago, we have accomplished the development of the strategy for the IT Department providing the system enhancement model to make the Staff resistant to the challenges without interruption of the Parliamentary activity”, - she added.
“In this hard period, every staffer engaged in this process strived to address the acute challenges without any experience how to ensure uninterrupted activity of the Parliament. The Staff does its best to keep the Parliamentary activity uninterrupted”, - the Chair of the Council, Givi Mikanadze stated.
He thanked the partners for their support. “The support of our partners, including in terms of the development of the guidelines and headlines, was crucial for the Parliament to hold the events, necessary not only for the pandemic but for any crisis to ensure the mobilization of the Parliament and the Staff to successfully resist all the challenges and ensure uninterrupted activity”, - he stated.
The webinar, attended by the Open Governance Parliamentary Council, Advisory Group at the Council, and staffers was moderated by the EU and UNDP Parliamentary project manager, Sofo Guruli.