Small Branches (SB) Chairperson

Hon. Anġelo Farrugia MP
Chairperson of the CPA Small Branches 
Speaker of the Parliament of Malta


The newly elected Chairperson of the CPA Small Branches is the Hon. Anġelo Farrugia MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Malta. The role of Chairperson of Small Branches is a new Officer role for the CPA and the new incumbent will sit on the CPA International Executive Committee to bring a voice for Small Branches to the governing body of the CPA. 

Hon. Anġelo Farrugia MP is the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Malta and he was first elected to the Parliament of Malta in 1996. He has held many positions including Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Chairman of the Standing Committee for the Consideration of Bills and Member of the Privileges Committee before being elected as Speaker in 2013. He currently represents the CPA British Islands and Mediterranean Region on the Standing Committee of the Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (2016-2018).

The election of the new Chairperson of Small Branches took place at the 35th CPA Small Branches Conference held in London, United Kingdom today as part of the 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. Forty-seven Members of Parliaments and Legislatures from 26 CPA Small Branches attended the conference. 

Of the over 180 Branches of the CPA, forty-three Branches are classified as ‘Small Branches’ which are defined as jurisdictions having a population below 500,000 people. The CPA Headquarters Secretariat works closely with Small Branches in all Regions of the CPA to identify their unique needs and requirements in parliamentary strengthening, development and cooperation. 

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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; Inter-parliamentary 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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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association 
CPA Secretariat, Westminster House, 
Suite 700, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, 
United Kingdom 
T: 44-20-7799-1460 
F: 44-20-7222-6073 
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Updated 15/05/2017/CPAHQ