Dr William Shija - 6th Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)  

Dr William Ferdinand Shija was the 6th Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association from 2007 to 2014.

William Ferdinand Shija was a Tanzanian politician and the 6th Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. He had also served as a member of the African Union's Pan-African Parliament.

Before entering politics, Dr Shilja worked as a civil servant and a teacher. After receiving higher education in India and the United States, he taught communications in Tanzania.

Dr Shija was a member of the National Assembly of Tanzania from 1990 to 2005. During this time he held the positions of Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education; Minister for Information and Broadcasting; Minister for Energy and Minerals; and Minister for Industries and Trade. He was a member of the Pan-African Parliament in 2004 and 2005 and chaired the Committee on Education, Culture, Tourism and Human Resources.

Dr Shija was appointed as the first African Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association on 9 September 2006 and took up the position on 1 January 2007. Dr Shija held the position of Secretary-General until his untimely death on 4 October 2014.

Dr Shija was married with five children. Dr. Shija was a patron for a Welsh based charity that worked extensively in Tanzania.

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