Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) attends 2016 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and IMF in Washington DC, USA 

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan has attended the 2016 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF in Washington DC, USA.

The Annual Meetings bring together Parliamentarians from over 100 countries, leaders from civil society and partner organisations, and top officials from a number of International Financial Institutions including the World Bank, IMF and regional development banks.

Reaching out to new partners in the margins of this meeting is key for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association as it moves to better respond to the needs of today’s Parliamentarians. The Secretary-General has explored avenues of cooperation to enhance CPA’s programmes of parliamentary strengthening initiatives with the IMF, World Bank, Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie and ParlAmericas, among others. Amongst the many issues debated at the event was a focus on the trust deficit in Parliament.

Continuing to engage with Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth on CPA’s programme of work at platforms such as this meeting not only enables the Secretary-General to ensure that the CPA remains relevant to its diverse membership, but it is a key aspect of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s outreach efforts.

The Secretary-General of the CPA attended a number of sessions during the Annual Meetings. While at the 2016 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF at the World Bank Group Headquarters, the Secretary-General also held a number of bilateral meetings in the margins of the conference to discuss a range of the CPA’s work strands including Masterclasses, Regional Hot Topics, Technical Assistance and the continuing development of parliamentary standards.

The Secretary-General held meetings with:
Hon. Jeremy Lefroy MP, Chair, Parliamentary Network on the IMF and World Bank
Hon. Alioum Fadil MP and Hon. Mrs Pauline Ndoumou MP, Cameroon
Hon. Yunus Carrim MP, South Africa
Hon. Pana Merchant MP and Senator Victor Oh, Saskatchewan, Canada
Hon. Nathan Nandala-Mafabi MP, Uganda
Ms Alisha Todd, Director General, ParlAmericas
Nayé Anna Bathily, Head of Parliamentary Relations, World Bank
Glenn Gottselig, Senior Communications Officer, IMF 
Mitch O’Brien, Senior Governance Specialist/Parliaments, World Bank
Rt Hon. Clare Short, former UK Parliamentarian (pictured right with the CPA Secretary-General)
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