Embracing the Digital Transformation: The Experience of the Guyana Parliament amid the Pandemic
About the Parliament of Guyana. Written on September, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically transformed various sectors of the global economy, leading to a digital revolution. No sector has been spared, including parliaments. This essay will discuss the digital transformation process in the Guyana Parliament, highlighting the challenges faced, the strategies employed, and the effectiveness of the hybrid parliamentary sitting model.
Digital Transformation Strategy
Before the pandemic, the Guyana Parliament had already embarked on a digital transformation journey, with the goal of making its services online and accessible through digitization. The pandemic accelerated this process, necessitating a quick transition from physical to virtual settings.
The Guyana Parliament adopted a hybrid sitting model, combining in-person and virtual participation. A skeleton staff operated from the chamber, while Members of Parliament (MPs) joined virtually. This approach was facilitated by the pre-existing live streaming infrastructure within the chamber, which was easily integrated with video conferencing platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.