Young people encouraged to play a positive role in democracy as Commonwealth Parliamentary Association brings CPA Roadshows to Gibraltar 

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has held two CPA Roadshows in Gibraltar aimed at introducing young people to the work of the CPA, the importance of the Commonwealth family and the CPA’s vital role in the democratic process.

The CPA Roadshows were held for Year 12 and 13 students (17-19-year olds) at Bayside and Westside schools and students from the College of Further Education in Gibraltar. The two presentations were delivered by the Acting Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mr Jarvis Matiya, and by the Deputy Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Hon. Dr Joseph Garcia, in his capacity as Minister with responsibility for relations with the Commonwealth. 

The Acting Secretary-General spoke about the importance of the Commonwealth in democracy across the world and the role that young people can play in engaging in the democratic institutions in their own jurisdictions. He also spoke about the Commonwealth fostering a sense of community among its 53 member countries and the 2.4 billion people who live in them as well as the shared values of democracy, development and diversity, and the CPA's role in promoting these values.

The Deputy Chief Minister drew attention to the fact that, in just over three weeks' time, EU flags will be lowered across Gibraltar, with Commonwealth flags raised in their stead - meaning Gibraltar's membership of Commonwealth organisations like the CPA is now more important than ever. He also announced that the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council is to open an office in Gibraltar, highlighting key opportunities for trade and investment. To read the Deputy Chief Minister’s full speech please click here.

To view a video news report by GBC News about the CPA Roadshows in Gibraltar please click here or see video below: 

Since they were launched in March 2016, there have been more than 60 CPA Roadshows which have reached over 11,000 young people in seven of the nine CPA Regions. Within these Regions, CPA Roadshows have been held in educational institutions in places such as Bangladesh, Montserrat, Guyana, Pakistan, Jersey, Mauritius, Queensland (Australia), Guernsey, UK, New Zealand, Tonga, Northern Ireland, Bermuda, Zambia, Isle of Man, Scotland, Malaysia, Singapore, Northern Territory (Australia), Turks and Caicos, Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Canada, St Helena, Cameroon, Mauritius, Nevis and Jamaica.

The Commonwealth has a youthful population with more than 60% under the age of 30. This is the reason behind the CPA initiative to strengthen its outreach to the Commonwealth’s young people.

The CPA Roadshows for schools and universities 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 through their questions at the sessions.

In addition to the CPA Roadshows for young people, the CPA Acting Secretary-General also met with Hon. Samantha Sacramento, MP, Gibraltar Minister for Justice and Equality, and Hon. Edwin Joseph Reyes, MP to discuss the CPA Gibraltar Branch’s activities and further collaboration with the CPA Headquarters Secretariat.


Updated 10 January 2020/CPAHQ.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association connects, develops, promotes and supports Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and the implementation of the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of around 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. 
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