Commonwealth Parliamentarians meet in London, UK for CPA Executive Committee meeting to discuss governance matters 

Over 40 Commonwealth Speakers and Members of Parliament have met in London, United Kingdom for the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) from 5 to 9 November 2018. Members of Parliament representing the nine regions of the CPA – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands & Mediterranean; Canada; Caribbean, Americas & Atlantic; India; Pacific; and South East Asia – attended the CPA Executive Committee, the governing body of the Association. The CPA meetings enable Commonwealth Parliamentarians to reach beyond their own Parliaments to contribute in a global setting to the development of best parliamentary practices and the most effective policies for parliamentary strengthening. 

The Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee, Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon said: “The CPA Executive Committee meetings are an essential aspect of the CPA’s governance and also an opportunity for the CPA’s Members to effect change within the organisation.”

A number of governance meetings took place including the Coordinating Committee; Performance and Review Subcommittee; Planning and Review Sub-Committee; and Finance Sub-Committee. The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), Hon. Dr Dato’ Noraini Ahmed, MP (Malaysia) also held a teleconference of the CWP International Steering Committee during the meetings held in London.

The CPA Vice-President, Rt Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda; CPA Vice-Chairperson, Hon. Alexandra Mendès, MP (Canada Federal); the CPA Treasurer, Mrs Vicki Dunne, MLA, Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory; and the CPA Small Branches Chairperson, Hon. Anġelo Farrugia MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Malta also attended the meetings along with the CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan and staff from the CPA Headquarters Secretariat. The CPA Executive Committee meetings were attended by the CPA Regional Secretaries and a separate meeting of the Regional Secretaries also took place.
 
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Executive Committee Members also heard a presentation by Jacques Chagnon, President of Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF) on the structure, constitutional arrangements and programmatic work of the APF. During the week of the CPA Executive Committee, an official launch was held for the updated CPA Recommended Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures at UK Houses of Parliament attended by the CPA Chairperson and Members of the CPA Executive Committee.

The CPA Executive Committee meetings were held in the absence of an annual conference and General Assembly for the CPA in 2018. The next annual conference will be the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) and General Assembly due to be held in Uganda in September 2019.

Following the CPA Executive Committee, the CPA Treasurer, Mrs Vicki Dunne, MLA (ACT) and Hon. Russell Wortley, MLC (South Australia) joined the CPA Secretary-General at a special Remembrance Assembly at Twickenham Prep School in south-west London to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and the contribution of Commonwealth soldiers and to unveil a special ‘Tommy’ tribute statue.  

The Members of the CPA Executive Committee attending the meeting were:
  • CPA Officers and Co-ordinating Committee: Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP – CPA Chairperson and Deputy Speaker of National Assembly (Cameroon); Rt Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, MP - CPA Vice-President and Speaker of Parliament (Uganda); Hon. Alexandra Mendès MP - CPA Vice-Chairperson and Regional Representative for Canada Region (Canada Federal); CPA Treasurer, Mrs Vicki Dunne, MLA and Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (Australian Capital Territory); Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), Hon. Dr Dato’ Noraini Ahmed, MP (Malaysia); CPA Small Branches Chairperson, Hon. Anġelo Farrugia, MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives (Malta).
  • Africa Region: Hon. Bernard Songa Sibalatani, Vice-Chairperson of the National Council (Namibia); Rt Hon. Dr Abass Bundu, MP, Speaker of Parliament (Sierra Leone – alternate for Cameroon); Hon. Lazarous Chungu Bwalya, MP (Zambia); Hon. Justin B. Muturi, MP, CPA Africa Regional Chairperson and Speaker of the National Assembly (Kenya – alternate for Nigeria); Hon. Sephiri Motanyane, MP, Speaker of Parliament (Lesotho); Hon. Dr Makali Mulu, MP (Kenya).
  • Asia Region: Hon. Dr Fehmida Mirza, MNA (Pakistan); Hon Dr Lal Chand Ukrani, MPA (Sindh, Pakistan).
  • Australia Region: Hon. Russell Paul Wortley, MLC, President of the Legislative Council (South Australia); Hon. John Ajaka, MLC, President of the Legislative Council (New South Wales); Hon. Rene Hidding, MP (Tasmania – alternate for Victoria).
  • British Islands & Mediterranean Region: Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods, MP (United Kingdom); Hon. Leona Roberts, MLA (Falkland Islands); Hon. Stuart McMillan, MSP (Scotland – alternate for Northern Ireland).
  • Canada Region: Hon. Jackson Lafferty, MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (Northwest Territories); Hon. Kevin Murphy, MLA, Speaker of the House of Assembly (Nova Scotia).
  • Caribbean, Americas & Atlantic Region: Hon. Anthony Michael Perkins, MP, Speaker of the Assembly (St Kitts and Nevis); Hon. Bridgid Annisette-George, MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives (Trinidad and Tobago).
  • India Region: Shri Premchand Aggarwal, MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (Uttarakhand – alternate for Jammu and Kashmir); Hon. Shri Hitendra Goswami, MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (Assam).
  • Pacific Region: Mr Clayton Mitchell, MP (New Zealand); Mr Nafoitoa Talaimanu Keti, MP, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament (Samoa); Hon. Simon Pentanu, MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives (Bougainville).  
  • South East Asia Region: Hon. Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee, MP (Malaysia); Hon. Datuk Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin, MP (Malaysia – alternate for Malacca); Hon. Mr Zainal Sapari, MP (Singapore).

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Updated 12 November 2018.

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