43rd Regional Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region discusses the building of small developing states as it takes place in the Cayman Islands 

The Cayman Islands Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has successfully hosted the 43rd CPA Regional Conference of the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic (CAA) Region. The CPA Regional Conference took place between 15th and 23rd June 2018 in Georgetown, Grand Cayman, and saw over 60 delegates from across the CAA region – and the wider Commonwealth – attend and participate in the week-long conference.

The theme of the annual CPA Regional Conference was ‘Building Small Developing States’ and it focused on the pressing issues facing the region such as de-globalization, climate change and population growth. The regional conference was attended by Speakers, Members of Parliament and guest delegates from across the region. Hon. Dr W. McKeeva Bush, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands hosted the regional conference and he was joined at the opening ceremony by His Excellency the Acting Governor, Mr Franz Manderson; the Premier of the Cayman Islands, Hon. Alden McLaughlin, MLA; and the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Ezzard Miller, MLA.

During their opening speeches, the Caribbean leaders underscored the challenges being faced by small developing states in the region and urged delegates to use the topics selected for discussion to take workable solutions and best practice back to their jurisdictions.

A total of 18 Caribbean nations and territories, including Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, and Turks and Caicos were represented at the regional conference. In addition, the regional conference also included guest speakers and observers from Canada, Cuba and the Isle of Man.

In a presentation that typified the strength of the CPA’s networks of mutual learning, Hon. Juan Watterson, SHK, Speaker of the House of Keys of the Isle of Man, remarked to his Caribbean colleagues: “There is no ultimate nirvana, and nor is success ever assured. We only need to look at our constituency caseload to realise that. But I hope that by outlining our story, and some of the issues that we have faced and will be facing, that it can lead to an informed debate in your own jurisdictions about how you take your own island nations forward into the bright future we all want for our constituents and nations.”

Rt Hon. Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons from the UK Parliament also spoke to delegates on the subject of ‘Emerging Security Issues for Parliamentarians’ and shared best practice learned from the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

The 43rd CPA Regional Conference of the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region saw several other important events take place alongside the main conference including the Annual General Meeting for the Regional Executive Committee, the 11th Regional Conference of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) and the 14th Caribbean Regional Youth Parliament Debate. The 11th Regional Conference of the CWP was chaired by Hon. Shirley Osborne, MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Montserrat and Chair of the Regional CWP and saw updates on the activities of the CWP across the region.

The 14th Caribbean Regional Youth Parliament, hosted by the CPA Cayman Islands Branch for the first time, saw young people aged 18-29 years from across the region come together to debate and experience parliamentary democracy in action. The Speaker of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly, Hon. Dr W. McKeeva Bush undertook the role of Presiding Officer of the Regional Youth Parliament and 19 participants from 9 Caribbean jurisdictions took part. The Youth Parliament aims to foster an appreciation and understanding of the rules and procedures of parliament among the youth of the region and this year’s Parliament debated the motion: ‘Affirmation of the United Kingdom’s Decision to Exit the European Union.’

For images of the regional conference in the Cayman Islands please click here.


Updated 27th June 2018.

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