Role of Parliament in the Sustainable Development Agenda to be the focus at 6th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association India Regional Conference in Bihar

Over 100 Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across India will gather today for the 6th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) India Regional Conference in Patna, Bihar to be held from 16 to 19 February 2018. 

The theme of the conference will be the ‘Role of Parliament and Parliamentarians in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ and the conference will see Parliamentarians discuss a number of topics including Parliament’s role in the development agenda and the relationship between the legislature and the judiciary.

The conference will be hosted by the CPA Bihar Branch and the Hon. Speaker of the Bihar Legislative Assembly, Hon. Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, MP. The Speaker of the Lok Sabha, India Parliament, Hon. Sumitra Mahajan, MP and the Chief Minister of Bihar, Hon. Nitish Kumar will also attend the conference. The CPA India Regional Conference will be attended by the new Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee, Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP, who is also the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon, on her first official visit to India since her election in November 2017. She will be accompanied by the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mr Akbar Khan.

The CPA India Regional Conference will bring together Speakers and Members of Parliament from the national Parliament of India (Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha) and thirty one state and provincial legislatures across India, one of the most populated regions of the Commonwealth. Representatives will also attend from Uganda, Australia and other Commonwealth countries. The CPA has a unique position in representing Parliaments and Parliamentarians from legislatures at national, state, provincial and territorial levels – giving it a distinctive voice in international parliamentary affairs.

The CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan, who is attending the conference on his first official visit to India, said: “I am delighted to visit India for the first time to attend the CPA India Regional Conference in Patna, Bihar and to engage with Parliamentarians from across the India Region on the values that unite the Commonwealth. I look forward to discussing with Members from the India Region about the CPA’s parliamentary work across the Commonwealth and the importance of public engagement in the democratic process.”

Updated Friday 16 February 2018.

Images: Legislative Assembly of Bihar/CPA Bihar Branch.


Notes to Editors

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), now in its 107th year with HM The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth as its Patron, exists to develop, promote and support Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to implement the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of over 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. Parliaments, their Members and officials learn from each other through CPA activities: Annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences, Regional Conferences and other symposiums; Interparliamentary visits; Parliamentary Seminars and Workshops; Publications including The Parliamentarian, the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments; and the Parliamentary Information and Reference Centre. 

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