Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC)


The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) organises its annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) each year. Global political issues and developments in the parliamentary system are analyzed in conference debates among leading Parliamentarians representing Parliaments and Legislatures throughout the Commonwealth. These plenary conferences were biennial from 1948 to 1959 and annual since 1961. A summary of the main views expressed in conference debates is sent to Members, Commonwealth governments and international agencies.

The conference period also encompasses meetings of the General Assembly, the Executive Committee, Small Branches Members, the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) and meetings for Parliamentary Clerks and Secretaries (SOCATT).

The following CPA Branches have hosted Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences in recent years (list currently not exhaustive):

2017 Bangladesh

2016 Hosted by CPA Headquarters Secretariat

2015 Executive Committee hosted by CPA Headquarters Secretariat in United Kingdom*

2014 Cameroon

2013 South Africa

2012 Sri Lanka

2011 United Kingdom

2010 Kenya

2009 Tanzania

2008 Malaysia
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2007 India

1986 United Kingdom

1985 Saskatchewan

1984 Isle of Man

1983 Kenya

1982 The Bahamas

1981 Fiji

1980 Zambia

1979 New Zealand

1978 Jamaica

1977 Canada

1976 Mauritius

1975 India

1974 Sri Lanka

1973 United Kingdom

1972 Malawi

1971 Malaysia

1970 Australia

1969 Trinidad and Tobago

1968 The Bahamas

1967 Uganda

1966 Canada 

1965 New Zealand

1964 Jamaica

1963 Malaysia

1962 Nigeria

1961 United Kingdom

1959 Australia

1957 India

1954 Kenya

1952 Canada

1950 New Zealand

1948 United Kingdom

*In 2015, the annual conference was due to be held in Pakistan but this was later moved to London, United Kingdom.