41st Regional Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region takes place in Nassau, The Bahamas

The Bahamas Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has hosted the 41st Regional Conference of the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic (CAA) Region from 22 to 30 July 2016.

The theme of the Regional Conference is ‘Modernization: An Essential Element for the Independence of Parliament and the Deepening of Democracy’. The conference was attended by Speakers, Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff from across the region.

The 41st Regional Conference of the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region saw several other events take place including the 9th Regional Conference of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) for the CAA Region, the Regional Executive Committee Meeting, the Annual General Meeting and the Regional Youth Parliament.

The events of the conference began with Hon. Dr Kendal Major MP, Speaker of the House of Assembly greeting Mr Akbar Khan, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) upon his arrival at the Lynden Pindling International Airport. Mr Akbar Khan, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Rt Hon. Perry G. Christie at the Office of the Prime Minister together with Hon. Dr Kendal Major MP, Speaker of the House of Assembly and Chairman of the 41st Conference of the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region of the CPA.

The 9th Regional Conference of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) was held from 23 to 24 July 2016. The two-day meeting was chaired by Hon. Shirley Osborne MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Montserrat and Chair of the Regional CWP, as well as Vice Chairperson of the CPA. Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin MP, Minister of Transport and Aviation, former Chair of the Regional CWP delivered the keynote address at the official opening of the 9th Regional Conference of the CWP. Hon. Melanie Griffin MP, Minister of Social Services and Community Development delivered and Mr Akbar Khan, Secretary-General of the CPA also addressed the 9th Regional Conference of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians. Please click here for news coverage* of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Regional Conference.

The 41st Regional Conference of the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic (CAA) Region opened on Monday 25 July 2016 and the Secretary-General of the CPA, Mr Akbar Khan delivered a keynote address at the Plenary Session. Please click here to download the Secretary-General's keynote address

The conference was opened by Rt Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas and Minister of Finance. Please click here for his opening address* at the 41st CPA Regional Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region.

The Speaker of The Bahamas House of Assembly, Hon. Dr Kendal Major said: “This year marks 287 years of Parliamentary democracy, 49 years of majority rule and on July 10th, 43 years as a sovereign nation. Carefully chosen topics from local and international presenters will speak on areas such as 'The Separation of Powers: the Critical Component to the Proper Functioning of Parliament', 'Modern Rules of Procedure for Parliamentary Practice', 'The Modern Parliament and the Role of its Committee', 'Freedom of Information in a Modern Parliament', and 'Holding the Executive Accountable - Parliament’s Prerogative'."

The Speaker also announced that a number of topics are planned for discussion in the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarian’s Conference including ‘Women in Political Leadership: Why Does it Matter?’, ‘Violence: An Impediment to Women’s Political Leadership Within the Region’ and ‘Perceptions of the Role of Women in Society and Their Effect on Women’s Political Leadership within the Region’.

The Speaker of The Bahamas House of Assembly, Hon. Dr Kendal Major added: "Additionally, it’s the CPA’s mandate to pursue the ideals of parliamentary democracy. The Association is made up of 180 Branches across the nine regions of the Commonwealth. Meetings like these afford Parliamentarians and staff opportunities to collaborate and contribute to developing viable solutions to the many issues that face small legislatures.”

Watch the CPA Secretary-General's interview with Bahamas @ Sunrise during the CPA Caribbean Regional Conference in The Bahamas:



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www.bahamas.gov.bs/41regionalcpa  

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