CPA Small Branches News 2019/2020


Overcoming trade barriers for small jurisdictions highlighted at 45th Session of the Steering Committee of the Parliamentary Conference on the World Trade Organisation
The former Chairperson of the CPA Small Branches, Hon. Angelo Farrugia MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Malta has represented the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) at the 42nd Session of the Steering Committee of the Parliamentary Conference on the World Trade Organisation (WTO), in Brussels, Belgium on 20 February 2020. The Speaker of Malta spoke about overcoming trade barriers for the smallest jurisdictions including fisheries subsidies and also highlighted the greater impact of climate change on small states as an important issue in relation to the impact of trade processes.

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The CPA’s Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures are helping the smallest of Parliaments in the Commonwealth to identify benchmarks of good governance and parliamentary standards
Reinforcing the belief that effective Parliaments are one of the principal institutions of any functioning democracy, the CPA Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures provide a minimum standard and a guide on how a Parliament should be constituted and how it should function. The CPA Headquarters Secretariat has been engaged recently in assisting CPA Branches to conduct self-assessments using the CPA’s Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures. Recently the CPA Anguilla Branch and the House of Assembly of Anguilla became the eleventh Commonwealth Legislature to use the framework to conduct an Assessment.

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians from small jurisdictions meet in Malta to discuss sustainable ways of boosting their economies
Over 20 senior Parliamentarians from jurisdictions across the Commonwealth have met in Malta to discuss sustainable ways of boosting their economies. The CPA programme was hosted by the Parliament of Malta and delivered by the CPA Headquarters Secretariat in partnership with the Commonwealth Small States Centre of Excellence. It discussed trade opportunities for small states, the development of the tourism sector, education, integration and equality, renewable energy and energy independence, ocean management and climate change and food security.

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Newly elected CPA Small Branches Chairperson speaks of the pressing need of small Legislatures within the Commonwealth to come together to address common difficulties and strengths and share experiences of their Parliaments
The newly elected Chairperson of the CPA Small Branches, Hon Niki Rattle, Speaker of the Parliament of the Cook Islands pledged that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) would have a strengthened and renewed focus on assisting Small Branches and their Parliaments and Legislatures. The Members of the CPA attending the 37th CPA Small Branches Conference elected the Speaker of the Cook Islands, Hon. Niki Rattle as the new Chairperson of Small Branches.

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians from CPA Small Branches focus on the unique challenges affecting the smallest Legislatures across the Commonwealth at 37th annual conference in Uganda
With the increased logistical, financial and infrastructure demands facing small jurisdictions in the Commonwealth, Parliamentarians meet to examine the unique challenges they face. The 37th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Small Branches Conference has been held in Kampala, Uganda with Members of Parliaments and Legislatures from CPA Small Branches attending the conference. The conference discussed strategies to meet the unique developmental needs of the CPA’s smallest Legislatures through key thematic seminars and development activities that will build parliamentary capacity for CPA Small Branches and create greater opportunities for the sharing of knowledge, parliamentary strengthening and cooperation across the network.

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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Post-Election Seminar in Grenada focuses on parliamentary democracy, Members’ skills development and gender equality
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) helps to strengthen parliamentary practice and procedure with a CPA Post-Election Seminar for the recently elected Members of the Parliament of Grenada, held in St George’s from 9 to 10 January 2019. The CPA Post-Election Seminar gave Members of the House of Representatives, as well as Members of the Senate of Grenada, an excellent opportunity to develop their skills and gain a better understanding of the parliamentary system and democratic processes in other Commonwealth jurisdictions, particularly from the CPA Caribbean Region.

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