CPA Small Branches News 2018


New CPA Small Branches Strategic Plan launches for the development of the network over next three years  
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the CPA Small Branches Chairperson, Hon. Angelo Farrugia, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Malta, are delighted to launch the CPA Small Branches Strategic Plan 2018-2020 to the wider CPA membership.

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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association embeds good governance at Post-Election Seminar in Nevis, one of the smallest legislatures in the Commonwealth  
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has helped to strengthen parliamentary practice and procedure with the delivery of a CPA Post-Election Seminar for the recently elected Nevis Island Assembly from 15 to 16 May 2018. The CPA Post-Election Seminar, held in Charlestown, Nevis, was held to enable current and recently elected Parliamentarians to gain a broader understanding of the principles of parliamentary democracy and to strengthen their skillsets. The CPA also held a CPA Roadshow for young people in Nevis to promote democracy in the Commonwealth.

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Importance of separation
 of powers to ensure effective governance highlighted at 2018 Commonwealth People’s Forum           
The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Small Branches, Hon. Angelo Farrugia, Speaker of the Parliament of Malta spoke about the importance of the separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary to ensure effective governance and democracy at a workshop session at 2018 Commonwealth People’s Forum. The CPA Small Branches Chairperson also highlighted the CPA’s role in the establishment of the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles on the separation of powers and the CPA’s role in the establishment of the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles on the separation of powers and the CPA’s Recommended Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures.

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9th Commonwealth Youth
 Parliament inspires future young leaders from across the Commonwealth    
Commonwealth youth delegates aged 18 to 29 met for the 9th Commonwealth Youth Parliament (9th CYP) from 25 February to 1 March 2018, hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the Jersey States Assembly in St Helier, Jersey. The 49 delegates at the 9th CYP came from fifteen countries, ranging from the largest (India) to the smallest (Niue), and from 35 CPA Branches across eight CPA Regions. The five days of the Commonwealth Youth Parliament provided a key development opportunity for young people from the Commonwealth with ambitions of public office and introduced these potential young Parliamentarians to the fundamentals behind the processes of Parliament..

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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association embeds good governance and democracy in St Helena, one of the remotest legislatures in the Commonwealth 
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has helped to strengthen parliamentary practice and procedure for the St Helena Legislature following the recent elections in July 2017 through a CPA Post-Election Seminar for newly elected Members from 20 to 27 January 2018. One of the remotest legislatures in the CPA’s membership of over 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures, the St Helena Legislature is in the British Overseas Territory located on a small island in the Atlantic Ocean with a population of 4,500 people.

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