Commonwealth Parliamentarians in Africa Region focus on Agenda 2063 at the 48th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Africa Regional Conference   

The CPA Imo State Branch and the House of Assembly of Imo State has hosted the 48th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Regional Conference from 23 to 25 October 2017 in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.

Delegates from 18 national Branches and 44 sub-national Branches attended the conference from CPA Branches across the Africa Region and the conference was addressed by Hon. Lindiwe Maseko, MP, Chairperson of CPA Africa Regional Executive Committee and the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly and President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (African Region), Dr Hon. Acho Ihim. The 48th CPA Africa Regional Conference was held under the theme of ‘Africa`s Agenda 2063 Vision and Master Plan’ and other topics of concern were the Parliamentary Agenda for peace and conflict resolution and the development agenda of new security architecture by the year 2020.

At the same time, the CPA Africa Regional Conference hosted the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Regional Steering Committee and the Regional Society of Clerks at the Table meetings.

The first Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture for the CPA Africa Region by Dr Benjamin Bewa-Nyog Kunbuor, former Minister for Defence, Justice, Interior, Health and Attorney-General of Ghana on the topic of ‘Parliaments of CPA countries in the Africa Region: Their Role in Human Rights Thought and Action’ was delivered in the margins of the 48th CPA Africa Regional Conference

To read the speech by the CPA Africa Region Chairperson please click here.

Published Thursday 26 October 2017.


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