May 2019



Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Chairperson commends the work of the CPA Small Branches network during a visit to Malta   
The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Executive Committee, Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon has commended the work of the CPA Small Branches network during a visit to the Parliament of Malta from 13 to 16 May 2019. The CPA Small Branches Chairperson, Hon. Angelo Farrugia, MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Malta welcomed the CPA Chairperson to the Parliament of Malta
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CPA Secretary-General highlights good governance in Parliament and the positive role of youth engagement in the Commonwealth on a visit to Belize   
The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mr Akbar Khan has highlighted the advances made in establishing good governance and parliamentary democracy by the National Assembly of Belize during a six day visit to the CPA Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region member from 4 to 9 May 2019 hosted by the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Belize, Hon. Laura Tucker-Longsworth. The CPA Secretary-General highlighted the positive role of youth engagement in democracy and stressed the importance of gender equality in Parliament at a series of CPA Roadshows for young people aged 11 to 18 at four schools in the capital, Belize City.


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Parliamentarians in Bermuda aim to strengthen parliamentary democracy at Commonwealth Parliamentary Association seminar   
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has helped to strengthen parliamentary practice and procedure for the Members of the Parliament of Bermuda with a CPA Parliamentary Strengthening Seminar from 1 to 2 May 2019. The CPA seminar in Hamilton, Bermuda was held to enable current and recently elected Parliamentarians to gain a broader understanding of the principles of parliamentary democracy across the Commonwealth and to strengthen their skillsets.


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April 2019



Celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth in 2019   
The modern Commonwealth came into being 70 years ago with the London Declaration, signed on 26 April 1949. Across the Commonwealth, many organisations, including the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, are celebrating the 70th anniversary with a series of events throughout the year.


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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association promotes parliamentary strengthening and good governance in Bermuda   
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) will help to strengthen parliamentary practice and procedure for the Members of the Parliament of Bermuda this week with a CPA Parliamentary Strengthening Seminar. The CPA seminar in Hamilton, Bermuda is being held to enable current and recently elected Parliamentarians to gain a broader understanding of the principles of parliamentary democracy across the Commonwealth and to strengthen their skillsets.


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Canadian Parliament hosts Commonwealth Parliamentarians for CPA Executive Committee meetings   
The Parliament of Canada and CPA Canada Federal Branch has hosted over 30 Commonwealth Speakers and Members of Parliament for the Mid-Year meetings of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) from 11 to 15 April 2019. Members of Parliament representing the nine regions of the CPA – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands & Mediterranean; Canada; Caribbean, Americas & Atlantic; India; Pacific; and South East Asia – attended the CPA Executive Committee, the governing body of the Association. The CPA meetings enable Commonwealth Parliamentarians to reach beyond their own Parliaments to contribute in a global setting to the development of best parliamentary practices and the most effective policies for parliamentary strengthening.


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Importance of separation of powers to ensure effective governance and democratic principles highlighted at 21st Commonwealth Law Conference in Zambia   
Hon. Shirley Osborne, MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Montserrat, representing the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), has highlighted the importance of the separation of powers between the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary to ensure effective governance and democracy at a workshop session at the 21st Commonwealth Law Conference in Livingstone, Zambia. Speaker Osborne highlighted the key role that the CPA has played in the establishment of the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles on the Separation of Powers and the CPA’s Recommended Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures which provide valuable tools for Parliaments and Governments to ensure accountable and effective democracies.


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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Chairperson commends Parliament of Tanzania for achieving the Commonwealth target of over 30% women Parliamentarians   
The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon has addressed the Parliament of Tanzania and commended the Parliament for its gains in gender equality by achieving 36.7% women Members of Parliament. The current Commonwealth target is to achieve over 30% women MPs. The CPA Chairperson was received by the Speaker of the National Assembly of Tanzania and CPA Tanzania Branch President, Rt Hon. Job Yustino Ndugai, MP and Deputy Speaker, Hon. Dr Tulia Ackson, MP at the main Parliament building. The National Assembly of Tanzania and the President of the United Republic make up the Parliament of Tanzania.


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