Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) speaks to young people in Scotland about importance of the Commonwealth ‘post-Brexit’ during CPA Roadshows during Commonwealth week 

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan visited the Scotland Branch of the CPA at the Scottish Parliament during a week-long celebration of the importance of the Commonwealth, following Commonwealth Day 2017 which took place on Monday 13 March.

The visit also enabled the CPA Secretary-General to conduct a series of CPA Roadshows at two local schools in Edinburgh, Stockbridge Primary School and Holy Rood High School, accompanied by Linda Fabiani MSP, Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, as well as conducting a roundtable discussion with university students from across Scotland on the importance of the Commonwealth and of parliamentary democracy chaired by Johann Lamont MSP.

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 meet local Members of Parliament and Parliamentary staff and to find out about the work of the CPA.

The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and the President of the CPA Scotland Branch, Rt Hon. Ken Macintosh, MSP said: “It’s an honour to welcome the CPA Chairperson and Secretary-General to Scotland in Commonwealth Week. The CPA provides Members both here in the Scottish Parliament and across the 52 countries of the Commonwealth with a valuable opportunity to learn from one another and to improve ways of working. Today we have discussed highly topical issues, like engaging more with young people and strengthening the role of devolved legislatures in the CPA. However, we have also reinforced our shared values of peace, democracy and equality.”

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mr Akbar Khan said: “I am delighted to visit the Scotland Branch of the CPA with the CPA Chairperson, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP and to talk about the important and innovative work they are undertaking to enhance the functioning of the Scottish Parliament and to empower Members to be more effective in their work. We are very excited about bringing the CPA Roadshow to Scotland for the first time and engaging with local students on the values that unite the Commonwealth. The CPA’s public engagement work across the Commonwealth and engaging young people in the democratic process by discussing the importance of the Commonwealth post-Brexit are key objectives of the CPA and the CPA’s visit to Scotland has emphasised this.”

With the Commonwealth’s 52 member countries having a combined population of more than 2.4 billion, of which more than 60% are under 30 years of age, the CPA Roadshows aim to engage with young people and education establishments to promote parliamentary democracy and participation in political life.

To view images of the visit to CPA Scotland please click here.


Published Thursday 16 March 2017.

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