Niki Rattle, Cook Islands' Parliamentary speaker, said the webinar series was an excellent platform to learn about the experiences of other parliaments in adapting their work to the conditions brought on by the global pandemic.
She said this was particularly relevant to the Cook Islands as there are talks taking place about reopening the country’s borders.
The United Nations Development Programme had created a series of events aimed at knowledge sharing, as well as drawing lessons which could be applied by Pacific parliaments during future potential emergencies.
“The Cook Islands Parliament needs to be prepared, with established processes and procedures in case the country has to face Covid-19 cases in the future,” Rattle said.
“Parliament has a crucial role to play and we cannot afford to shut down – we owe to our citizens to ensure the continuity of our work”.
The webinar series allowed the participants to highlight strategic factors, which led parliaments to react to the crisis, as well as aspects that can be replicated or avoided during future crisis.