CPA Secretary-General speaks to young people about the importance of Commonwealth political values during first official visit to Jamaica 

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan has spoken of the importance of the Commonwealth’s political values and the engagement of young people during his first official visit to Jamaica. 

The CPA Secretary-General was speaking to young people at the inaugural CPA Roadshow in Jamaica alongside local Members of Parliament. Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge urged more young Jamaicans to participate in the country’s political process and to become activists for a cause as they can have an impact on the lives of their peers. The Jamaican State Minister spoke to young people at the CPA Roadshow alongside Opposition Senator Damion Crawford, and Deputy Clerk of the Houses of Parliament, Valrie Curtis. The CPA Roadshows provide an opportunity for young people to learn about the political values of the Commonwealth such as diversity, development and parliamentary democracy; to discuss issues of concern about the society in which they live; and to find out about the work of the CPA and the Commonwealth.

Students from St Aloysius Primary School sing their Commonwealth song about peace and democracy at the launch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Roadshow for young people in Jamaica attended by the CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan and Jamaican Minister of Culture, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, MP.
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During the bilateral visit to Jamaica, the CPA Secretary-General attended a reception hosted by Senator. Hon. Thomas Tavares-Finson, President of the Senate and Hon. Pearnel Charles, MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives, who are also the joint Presidents of the CPA Jamaica Branch as well as meeting with Members of the Jamaican Parliament who have participated in CPA Programmes.
The CPA Secretary-General attended the launch of the Jamaica Houses of Parliament Design Competition launched by the Jamaican Prime Minister during his visit to Jamaica. Mr Akbar Khan also held a number of bilateral meetings with key figures in Jamaica at Gordon House including: Hon. Karl Samuda, MP, House Leader and Hon Mr Justice Bryan Sykes, the Chief Justice of Jamaica to discuss the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles.

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CPA Secretary-General interview with TV Jamaica click here.


Updated 21st May 2018.

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