Enquiry into development aid and disaster management following the aftermath of TC Winston.

Call for Written Evidence for Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee

The Fiji Parliament Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee is conducting an enquiry into development aid and disaster management following the aftermath of TC Winston.

The Committee is seeking to review the current structures and systems in place in Fiji to effectively utilise development aid relating to disaster management (response & preparedness). In particular the committee is interested in the following:

  • The current policies and systems in place for coordination of utilisation of development aid received following natural disasters;
  • The coordination mechanisms in place between the National Disaster Management office and other government Ministries to effectively utilise development aid following natural disasters.

Call for Evidence

The Committee is calling for written submissions. The Committee would like to hear from any organisations that were involved with development aid in relation to TC Winston.

Standing Orders

As per the Parliament’s Standing Orders, the Committee has responsibilities on scrutinizing matter related to development aid.

Standing Order 109 (2) (e) outlines that the mandate of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence includes matters relating to development aid.

Standing Order 110 (c) includes provision for the Standing Committees to investigate, inquire into and make recommendations relating to a department’s administration, budget, rationalisation, functioning, organisation, structure and policy formulation.

As per Standing Order 112(1) (a to i) & Standing Order 112(2) the standing committee has the same powers as those of the high court in the production of documents and evidence.

Submit written evidence

Interested parties are invited to keep to a word limit of 1,000 words and to focus their submission on the key issues listed above.

Deadline for submissions is 20th May 2016. It would be helpful to submit written evidence before that above date if possible so that it can be considered by the Committee. Please send your written submissions by email to – savenaca.koro@govnet.gov.fj or by post to PO Box 2352, Government buildings, Suva.

Parties interested in giving Oral submission can contact Mr. Savenaca Koro on email: savenaca.koro@govet.gov.fj or call on 3305811

Written Submission Guidance

It will assist the committee if those submitting evidence adheres to the following guidelines. Each submission should:

  • State clearly who the submission is from, i.e. whether from yourself in a personal capacity or sent on behalf of an organization, for example the submission could be headed ‘Written evidence submitted by 12 midday  Friday 6th of May, 2016’.
  • Be concise – we recommend no more than 1,000 words in length.
  • Begin with an executive summary in bullet point form of the main points made in the submission. Please use Calibri font 12pt if possible.
  • Include a brief introduction about yourself/your organization and your reason for submitting evidence.
  • Have numbered paragraphs.
  • Include any factual information you have to offer from which the committee might be able to draw conclusions, or which could be put to other witnesses for their reactions.