What is the state of relations between parliaments and citizens in the Caribbean region? How is this relationship evolving? What do citizens expect from their representatives and their parliament? And, crucially, are parliaments delivering on these expectations?
The Workshop is designed to help MPs to find practical ways of improving the way they perform their representative role. It aims to link some of the main findings of the Global Parliamentary Report to the practical experiences of politicians. The Workshop will help MPs to understand and manage the expectations of voters in terms of service and delivery, by examining the international evidence in the Report, and seek insights to help MPs do their jobs within the national parliament. The author of the Global Parliamentary Report will facilitate the Workshop.
The Workshop is co-organized by the IPU and the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Participation is limited to English-speaking parliaments (State and non-State) in the Caribbean. During the Workshop, participants will:
- discuss the themes of the Global Parliamentary Report, specifically the practicalities of representation
- share their experiences of political representation and the challenges that they face on a daily basis
- draw lessons from international best practice in this area
- identify strategic approaches to improving representation
- identify the practical measures that individual MPs and the parliament in that country might seek to implement in the next 6-12 months
Parliaments that are interested in this approach can download a model format for similar workshops from the mini-site dedicated to the Global Parliamentary Report or contact the IPU.