PICTO conducted two separate information sessions: one each for members and staff of the House of Delegates and the Senate. The sessions focused on raising awareness of members about ICT and its role in driving sustainable development. Areas highlighted in these presentations and discussions included how ICT can contribute to sectors such as health and education; the need for a national ICT policy; the need to update ICT legislation; an ICT policy for Congress; developing a website for Congress to share and disseminate information; and the use of ICT for effective and efficient communication for members and staff of Congress.
PICTO also conducted ICT capacity building for staff of the Palau Congress. A training of trainers approach was chosen to ensure sustainability of ICT training for members and staff of both Houses. About 15 key staff participated in the six-day training to equip them with the skills to deliver their own in-house ICT courses. The ICT Manager of Congress will coordinate training, asking staff with advanced skills in a particular area of ICT to deliver training for members and staff to meet their ICT needs.
The importance of managing Congress ICT resources was highlighted with the development of a draft ICT ‘acceptable use policy’ in consultation with senior staff of Congress to identify acceptable and unacceptable use of ICT resources.
The assistance is part of the EU-funded African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) project to assist parliaments in the Pacific to empower their members and address their ICT needs.