Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers from the CPA Africa Region end their conference pledging to accelerate the modernization and the integrity of Parliaments in the region    

The 16th Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers Conference for the CPA Africa Region took place from 21-29 July 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria and ended on a high note with the pledge to accelerate the modernization and affirming of the integrity of African Parliaments.

The Speakers and Presiding Officers called for more vigilance in protecting the integrity, effectiveness and efficiency of the parliamentary process to serve the non-partisan interests of citizens of the members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. 

Amongst the many outcomes and resolutions at the conference, delegates recognised that e-Parliaments are a key development tool for all Parliaments and Legislatures and that members of the CPA Africa Region need to embrace these developments if institutions are to remain relevant and deliver on their mandates, especially when it comes to citizen participation.

Other key resolutions included: broadening the scope, powers and competencies of Parliamentary Budget Offices (PBOs) in order to provide impartial, non-partisan, independent and cutting edge analysis of the economy and budgets in support of Parliament’s oversight role; and a strong caution of Parliaments, in their engagement of non-state actors, to avoid any signs of ‘state capture’ to maintain and promote the integrity and capacity of Parliaments to spearhead the delivery of dividends of democracy to the people.

The 16th Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers Conference (CSPOC) Africa Region opening ceremony was attended by the Chairperson of the CPA Africa Region Executive Committee, Hon. Lindiwe Maseko, MP (South Africa); Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP, Vice-Chairperson of the CPA International Executive Committee and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon; the Acting President of Nigeria, HE Professor Yemi Osinbajo; the President of the Nigeria Senate, Senator Dr Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the Nigeria House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara and was held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.

The conference was attended by Speakers and Presiding Officers from 11 CPA Africa Region countries including Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Presenters at the conference included Chairperson of the South African National Council of Provinces, Hon. Thandi Modise, MP and Deputy Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament, Hon. Alban Bagbin, MP who addressed the conference on their experiences in managing an e-Parliament.

The next biennial conference of Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers of the CPA Africa Region will be held in 2019.

Published on Thursday 17 August 2017.


Notes to Editors

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