UNDP supported induction workshop for newly elected Members of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic

Posted May 14, 2022

Bosteri, May 14, 2022 – The second session of the induction workshop for newly elected Members of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic, organized with the support of UNDP in Kyrgyzstan, is taking place these days. The first session was held from April 28 to 30. Two induction workshops gathered more than 60 participants. Sessions for MPs and parliamentary staff are conducted by experts, representatives of the UN system, development partners and civil society. 

The overall objective of the events is to improve skills and knowledge of the newly elected deputies in relation to relevant substantial and procedural parliamentary issues, as agreed with the Apparatus of the Jogorku Kenesh and in line with the domestic legal framework and basic international standards and practices related to parliamentary affairs.

In his welcoming speech at the first session, the Speaker of the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan Talant Mamytov noted that after the adoption of the constitutional law on parliamentary elections, deputies were elected under a mixed system - open party lists and under the majoritarian system in single-mandate districts. "We can say that today the adaptation period is over and the seventh convocation of the Jogorku Kenesh is fully functional. However, due to the fact that the composition of the Parliament has been significantly updated, there is a need to improve its skills and knowledge," he said. He thanked the UNDP and the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek for supporting the induction workshop and wished the participants success and fruitful work.

In turn, Louise Chamberlain, UNDP Resident Representative in Kyrgyzstan, noted, UNDP implements parliamentary strengthening programmes in more than 60 national parliaments across the world, and supports them in their role towards their countries’ achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “Parliamentary law-making and oversight functions are critical to underpin countries’ progress toward achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the 2030 Agenda clearly acknowledges the “essential role of national parliaments through their enactment of legislation and adoption of budgets, and their role in ensuring accountability for the effective implementation of our commitments” We also very much welcome the election of 19 women deputies, the work of the Forum of Women MPs, as well as other commitments by the honorable Speaker to advance the gender quality agenda of the country. . I thank you once again for your trust in the UN, and for our continuing excellent cooperation, and wish you all a very successful learning workshop”- she said.

Member of Parliament Vinera Raimbachayeva emphasized that during the three days the most important issues were raised, and through interesting discussions she learned a number of key points for herself. "Especially for new deputies this seminar lecture was the most interesting and useful. How to improve the efficiency of their work, how to interact within the Jogorku Kenesh, with civil society, representatives of the media, how to behave in social networks - all this and much more was interesting to discuss and learn from the experts. I thank the organizers for their support," she said.

The link to the photos from the event: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzNzV6

Contacts for media: Nurzhan Alymkanova, UNDP communications specialist nurzhan.alymkanova@undp.org