March 2013

Commonwealth Day

Date: 11 March
Location: London and all Branches

The CPA's annual programme to celebrate Commonwealth Day on the second Monday of March brought 39 young Commonwealth citizens to the House of Commons and Headquarters
of the CPA. CPA Branches nominated the participants who attended the one-day event which centred on the Commonwealth Day theme of "Opportunity through Enterprise".

Please click here for:

CPA HQ Flickr set...
The Commonwealth Secretariat's flickr set... (which includes the signing of the Commonwealth Charter by Her Majesty The Queen)
Commonwealth Charter...

Executive Committee Meeting

Dates: 17-22 March 2013
Location: Cayman Islands

The following forms are available for download:
Acceptance of Invite Form
Arrival and Departure Form
Biography Form
General Information Circular
Visa Requirements
Spouses Programme

For more information, please visit this page shortly or contact the Secretariat at

April 2013

PES Sierra Leone

Date: 11-12 April
Location: Sierra Leone

The Post Election Seminar, held in the Parliament House in Freetown, Sierra Leone, was designed to assist develop the capacity of Members of Parliament. The Seminar was attended by over 135 participants, consisting Parliamentarians, Parliamentary Staff and the Media.

Documents and Resources:

May 2013

Benchmarking 2.0 Report: Improving Parliamentary Performance in a Tech-Enabled World

A Study Group, jointly organised by the CPA and the National Democratic Institute (NDI), was held in London, UK, May 7-9, 2013. The meeting discussed how Parliamentarians and parliamentary monitoring organizations (PMOs) can harness ICTs to reach new audiences. It also focused on enahncing the ability of citizens to participate in parliamentary work.

Please click here for:
1) the
recommendations of the Benchmarking 2:0 Meeting...
2) more information on the Benchmarking 2 Meeting...

Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar

Dates: 27 May-1 June
Location: Singapore

The following documents are available for download:

1) Draft Agenda
2) Information Circular
3) Acceptance of Invitation Form
4) Biographical Details Form
5) Contact Details Accommodation Form
6) Registration and Travel Details Form

June 2013

10th Canadian Parliamentary Seminar

Date: 2-8 June 2013
Location: Ottawa, Canada

The Seminar is organized by the Canadian Branch in cooperation with the CPA Secretariat and funded by both bodies.
The following forms are available for download:

Parliamentary Workshop on Women's Political Party Caucusing

Date: 16 June 2013
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh

As part of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Work Programme, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Parliament of Bangladesh, convened a ‘Parliamentary Workshop on Women’s Political Party Caucusing’ held as a satellite meeting to the 10th Commonwealth Women Gender Affairs Ministers Meeting (WAMM), which took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 17-19 June.

For more information and the Concluding Statement, please contact the CPA Secretariat.

62nd Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure

Date: 17-21 June 2013 
Location: London, United Kingdom

CPA UK held its 62nd Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure.  The seminar brought together recently-elected parliamentarians and mid-career Clerks to explore practice and procedure within the Westminster framework.
Please click here for the
aims, objectives and draft programme for the 62nd Westminster Seminar... 
For more information, please click here for CPA UK's website section on the seminar...

3rd Westminster Workshop: The Public Accounts Committee

Date: 24-27 June 2013
Location: London, United Kingdom

The workshop brought PAC Chairs, Members and Clerks from Commonwealth countries to Westminster to explore key features of an effective PAC. Please click here for the
aims, objectives and draft programme for the 3rd Westminster Workshop...

July 2013

4th West African Association of Public Accounts Committees (WAAPAC)

Date: 1-5 July 2013
Location: Banjul, The Gambia

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51st Canadian Regional Conference

Date: 14-20 July 2013
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

For more information, please contact the
CPA Canadian Region...


44th CPA Africa Regional Conference

Date: 21-27 July 2013
Location: Windhoek, Namibia 

For more information, please go to


38st Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Regional Conference (CAA)

Date: 28 July-3 August 2013
Location: Antigua and Barbuda

For more information, please go to

August 2013

59th CPA Annual Conference

Dates: 28 August - 6 September 2013
Location: Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa

For more information on this event, please go to

September 2013

Post-Election Seminar for the Parliament of Lesotho

Date: 14-19 September 2013
Location: Maseru, Lesotho

Please click here for more information on the
Post-Election Seminar for Lesotho...

October 2013

6th Commonwealth Youth Parliament

Date: 20-26 October 2013
Location: Andhra Pradesh, India

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled.

The Role of Parliaments in the Extractive Industries Value Chain

Date: 28 October-1 November 2013
Location: Vienna, Austria

An CPA/WBI/IMF/UNDP/RWI Meeting. More information will follow shortly.

November 2013

Post-Election Seminar for the Cayman Islands

Date: 13-14 November 2013

Post-Election Seminars provide Members with a better understanding of the parliamentary system and democratic processes. Please click here for more information on the CPA Post-Election Seminars...


Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013

Date: 15-17 November 2013
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

CHOGM takes places biannually and involves the heads of government from all Commonwealth nations. Every two years the meeting is held in a different member state and is chaired by the host nation's respective Prime Minister or President, who becomes the Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Office.

The CPA delegation for the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will consist of: The CPA Chairperson, Rt Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst MP, the CPA Vice-Chairperson, Hon. Datuk Ronald Kiandee MP and the CWP Chairperson, Hon. Rebecca A. Kadaga MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda.