Commonwealth Parliamentarians at CPA-World Bank Extractive Industries Revenue Seminar 

The CPA-World Bank Extractive Industry Seminar, held from 8 to 10 December 2015, provided a valuable and unique opportunity for Parliamentarians, parliamentary officials and staff, experts in governance and influential thought leaders around the world to come together to discuss and share up-to-date experience and knowledge of an important global issue of current concern for parliamentary development.

Parliaments have a critical role to play in helping steward the use of a nation’s natural resources for the benefit of the community. This year’s Seminar explored how parliamentary revenue and supply procedures can be used by parliaments to strike a balance between ensuring the state captures sufficient revenues from extractive activity to be able to provide a development dividend, while promoting and sustaining investment in the sector.

The Seminar was opened by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Director of Programmes, Ms Meenakshi Dhar and World Bank representative, Mr Mitchell O’Brien. Following the introduction of all parliamentary delegates, the key note address was presented by Mr Adrian Bailey MP (United Kingdom) on ‘Recent Developments in Parliaments in relation to the Extractive Industries’.

The Seminar heard from a wide range of guest speakers and experts including representatives from the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA), The Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (Oxcarre), the Superintendency of Banks and Financial Institutions of Chile, Adam Smith International, the World Bank, Global Witness, Natural Resource Governance Institute and UK EITI Multi-stakeholder group, TullowOil, the Canadian Federal Parliamentary Budget Office and Global Commodities at Merrill Lynch.

The Commonwealth Parliamentarians also had opportunities for networking and had a tour of the Houses of Parliament of the United Kingdom during the seminar.

The CPA Branches represented at the Extractive Industries Seminar included: Cameroon; Kenya; Uganda; Western Australia; Zambia; Nigeria; Northern Territory, Australia; Quebec, Canada; British Columbia, Canada; Pakistan; Malawi; Balochistan, Pakistan; Malaysia; United Kingdom.

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