Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat team visits Parliament of Malaysia

Sep 21, 2013

The objective of the study visit was to share with the Malaysian Parliament Secretariat experiences and knowledge about the system of Human Resource Management. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.

A team from the Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat paid a three-day experiential learning visit to the Malaysian Parliament from September 19 to 21, 2013.

The learning visit supported by the Improving Democracy through Parliamentary Development (IPD) Project of UNDP was focussed on the Human Resource (HR) Wing and Training Unit of the Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat.

The objective of the study visit was to share with the Malaysian Parliament Secretariat experiences and knowledge about the system of Human Resource Management as well as the system of management of the capacity building of the Members of Parliament and relevant institutional mechanisms, processes and tools.

The scope of the visit was to learn about the system of Human Resource Management, specifically covering the Legal framework, Establishment of staff strength, Recruitment and appointment of staff, Code of Conduct, discipline and control, Merit rating and promotion policy, Management of Training Programmes (Needs assessment, Induction and refresher training) and institutional arrangements, Staff Incentives and Internal Communication arrangements in regard to the Secretariat staff. 

Also, to learn about the system of management of capacity building of Members of Parliament, specifically Orientation of newly elected Members of Parliament and Training in core areas of parliamentary mandate – representation,legislation and oversight.

IPD supported the visit as part of its envisaged Output No.1 that Bangladesh Parliament is supported by an independent, capable and service oriented secretariat.

Output No. 1 is crucial for the efficient delivery of the three other outputs. Therefore, under the Output No. 1, IPD has developed the first-ever Corporate Strategic Plan 2012-2014 to promote increased, efficient and service oriented Parliament Secretariat that better enables the Members of Parliament and legislative organs perform their constitutionally mandated roles.

The delegation met Mr. Dato Lamien Bin Sawiyo, the Chief Administrator of the Secretariat of the Parliament of Malaysia, and Heads of its four Divisions and exchanged views about their respective operational procedures. The Senate is the Upper House and the House of Representatives is the lower House of the Bi-cameral Parliament of Malaysia. The delegation also held meeting with officials of the National Institute of Public Administration and the Public Service Department of Malaysia situated at Putrajaya.

The delegation members identified key experiences and gathered lessons that can be adapted to the Bangladesh context that contributes to a successful operation of the HR Wing and training unit of Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat.

The delegation:

Mr. Pranab Chakraborty, Additional Secretary- Head of Inter- Parliamentary Affairs Wing, Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat & National Project Director, IPD Project, Mr. Bhim Charan Roy, Additional Secretary-Head of Human Resource Wing, Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat, Mr. Joynal Abedin, Director, Public Relations, Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat, Ms. Farzana Siddiqua Senior Assistant Secretary, Training Unit, Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat, Mr. Swe Min Zaw, Senior Assistant Secretary, Petitions Committee, Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat, Mr. Enamul Haque, Senior Assistant Secretary (Inter Parliamentary Affairs) Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat, Mr. Mohammad Nazmul Huda, Deputy Director, Public Relations Cell of Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat, Ms. Rehana Akhter, Assistant Director, Reporting, Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat, and Mr. Mostafa Sohel Ahmad, Project Coordinator & Mr. Mohd. Aftab Uddin, National Technical Advisor of IPD Project.