CPA Post-Election Seminar held in Samoa

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Post-Election Seminar for the Parliament of Samoa took place in Apia, Samoa from May 10 to 11, hosted by the CPA Samoa Branch.

The Seminar was opened by the Speaker of the Parliament of Samoa, Hon. Le'aupepe Toleafoa Fa'afisi. The Keynote Address was delivered by the Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Tuilaepa Auelua Fatialofa Lolofietele Lupesoliai Dr Sailele Malielegaoi.

The CPA Resource Team consisted of four renowned academics from the Australia and Pacific Region, namely Professor David Clark from Flinders University, South Australia, Professor Graham Hassall, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Professor Richard Herr, University of Tasmania, Australia, and Prof. Elizabeth McLeay from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

The CPA Post-Election Seminars are two to three day seminars on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure, where experts describe how things are undertaken in other Commonwealth Parliaments and relate these experiences through discussions to the local situation. The Seminars have proved to be most helpful and popular with all Members, irrespective of their experience and political affiliation. The Seminar is usually delivered after an election and in addition to a Parliament’s own induction Seminar for Members.

A Post-Election Seminar also provides an opportunity for Members to ask questions about parliamentary practice and procedure which they might not otherwise ask or not have the opportunity to ask in other settings.  Most importantly, it provides them with a better understanding of the parliamentary system and democratic processes.

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