Commonwealth Parliamentary Association bring CPA Roadshow for young people to Turks and Caicos    

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan has led a delegation of experts in the promotion of youth engagement with schools in the CPA’s Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region. The CPA Roadshow for over 150 young people was held at the Helena Jones Robinson High School Auditorium in Turks and Caicos as part of the CPA Roadshows tour of Commonwealth schools and universities. The CPA Secretary-General was accompanied on the CPA Roadshow by the Hon. Dwayne S. Taylor, MHA, Speaker of the House of Assembly of Turks and Caicos; Hon. Sharlene L. Cartwright-Robinson, LLB CLE, JP, MHA, Premier and Minister for Finance, Investment and Trade; Hon. Charles W. Misick, OBE, JP, MHA, Leader of the Opposition; Mrs Tracey Parker, Clerk to the House of Assembly of Turks and Caicos; and many Members of the House of Assembly of Turks and Caicos.

Students had the opportunity to discuss the importance of the Commonwealth and of parliamentary democracy with the CPA Secretary-General. The CPA Roadshows provide an opportunity for young people to learn about the political values of the Commonwealth such as diversity, development and parliamentary democracy; to discuss issues of concern about the society in which they live; and to find out about the work of the CPA. The CPA Secretary-General also spoke to students about the this year’s Commonwealth theme of ‘A Peace-Building Commonwealth’ launched by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth on Commonwealth Day 2017 and how the cornerstones on which peace are founded are respect and understanding for one another.

The Premier of Turks and Caicos spoke to students about what unites them with each other and with others across the Commonwealth and to recognise that focusing unity will benefit all citizens in Turks and Caicos. Hon. Shirley Osborne, MLA (Montserrat) spoke about the work of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) as the CWP regional representative for the Caribbean Region. She highlighted the great success of women’s representation in Turks and Caicos with women occupying many senior positions in all three arms of government – legislature, executive and judiciary. Hon. Shirley Osborne also reminded young people that Parliaments work best when all people including women govern together. 

For images of the CPA Roadshow in Turks and Caicos please click here

Published on Tuesday 20th June 2017.


Notes to Editors

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), now in its 106th year with HM The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth as its Patron, exists to develop, promote and support Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to implement the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of over 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. Parliaments, their Members and officials learn from each other through CPA activities: Annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences, Regional Conferences and other symposiums; Interparliamentary visits; Parliamentary Seminars and Workshops; Publications including The Parliamentarian, the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments; and the Parliamentary Information and Reference Centre. 

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