Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Secretary-General supports social cohesion and diversity during bilateral visit to Guyana 

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan has completed a bilateral visit to Guyana where he undertook a programme of events with the National Assembly of Guyana and CPA Guyana Branch.

The CPA Secretary-General was received by His Excellency Brigadier (Ret’d) David A. Granger, President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana at State House to discuss the CPA’s work in the region.

The CPA Secretary-General was the guest of the Prime Minister and First Vice-President of Guyana, Hon. Moses V. Nagamootoo at the 3rd National Guyana Social Cohesion Day Observance ‘celebrating lasting relationships in a diverse society’ at the National Cultural Centre in Georgetown.

The Hon. Prime Minister made a speech at the event in which he said: “Our Observance today is under the theme “Celebrating lasting relationships in a diverse society”. We respected this diversity with prayers representing our religious diversity. We are all here together as Guyanese nationals, with a unique and distinct personality and identity even as we recognize our cultural mix, our religious preferences, our traditions and customs.”  Please click here to read the full speech.

The CPA Secretary-General said: “I am delighted to attend the Social Cohesion Day celebrating Guyana’s diverse society and am inspired by the wise remarks of Prime Minister Nagamootoo that only when we appreciate difference can we deepen our respect for each other. Congratulations to Guyana on leading the way!”

The CPA Secretary-General also met with Hon. Dr Barton Scotland, MP, Speaker of the National Assembly of Guyana, Members of the Assembly and the Clerk of the National Assembly at Parliament House as well as meeting with Members of the Government, the Opposition and leading organisations in Guyana including the UNDP and the University of Guyana.

For images of the visit to Guyana please click here.

News coverage:

CPA Secretary-General in press briefing in Guyana (YouTube video) click here

CPA Secretary-General calls for Parliamentarians to work in best interests of their citizens (Guyana news video) click here


Updated 11th May 2018.

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