Newly elected Chairperson of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Small Branches speaks of the pressing need of small legislations within the Commonwealth to come together to address common difficulties and strengths and share experiences of their parliaments 

The newly elected Chairperson of the CPA Small Branches, Hon. Anġlu Farrugia MP pledged that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) would have a strengthened and renewed focus on assisting Small Branches and their Parliaments and Legislatures.

The Members of the CPA attending the 35th CPA Small Branches Conference unanimously acclaimed the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Malta as the new Chairperson of Small Branches. The role of Chairperson of Small Branches is a new Officer role for the CPA and the new incumbent will sit on the CPA International Executive Committee to bring a voice for Small Branches to the governing body of the CPA.

In his acceptance remarks, the newly elected Chairperson of CPA Small Branches, Hon. Anġlu Farrugia MP expressed his gratitude towards the other CPA Small Branches, which have shown trust in electing him as Chairperson. Speaker Farrugia spoke about the pressing need of small legislations within the Commonwealth to come together, within their smallness to address common difficulties and strengths and share experiences of their parliaments or legislative assemblies. Speaker Farrugia stated that as a state in the Commonwealth, among other small countries, Malta has learnt to appreciate the strengths of bring a small country: being flexible enough to be able to work with other parliaments, yet big enough to be influential. Speaker Farrugia also encouraged fellow Parliamentarians to be leaders in understanding their citizens and advocate in the best interest of their countries, both locally and on multilateral levels, especially in contemporary challenges such as youth unemployment, and the ever-increasing importance to combat terrorism.

Hon. Anġlu Farrugia MP is the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Malta and he was first elected to the Parliament of Malta in 1996. He has held many positions including Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Chairman of the Standing Committee for the Consideration of Bills and Member of the Privileges Committee before being elected as Speaker in 2013. Hon. Farrugia currently represents the CPA British Islands and Mediterranean Region on the Standing Committee of the Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (2016-2018).

The election of the new Chairperson of Small Branches took place at the 35th CPA Small Branches Conference held in London, United Kingdom today as part of the 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. Forty-seven Members of Parliaments and Legislatures from 26 CPA Small Branches attended the conference.

Of the over 180 Branches of the CPA, forty-three Branches are classified as ‘Small Branches’ which are defined as jurisdictions having a population below 500,000 people. The CPA Headquarters Secretariat works closely with Small Branches in all Regions of the CPA to identify their unique needs and requirements in parliamentary strengthening, development and cooperation.

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Published on Tuesday 13th December 2016.

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Notes to Editors

62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, 11-17 December 2016, London, United Kingdom
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference is the annual conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference will take place from 11-17 December 2016 (inclusive of arrival and departure days) in London, United Kingdom, hosted the CPA Secretariat.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), now in its 105th 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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