66th CPC At a Glance: Day 1 & 2
CPA Executive Committee meeting (Day 1)
The CPA Executive Committee began their governance meetings ahead of the 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Accra, Ghana.
The CPA Executive Committee represents the nine regions of the CPA: Africa; Asia; Australia; British Isles and the Mediterranean; Canada; Caribbean, Americas and the Atlantic; India; Pacific; and South-East Asia.
The Chairperson of the CPA International Executive Committee is Hon. Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP (United Kingdom).
CPA Small Branches
CPA Small Branches Steering Committee meeting
Ahead of the 39th CPA Small Branches Conference in Ghana, the CPA Small Branches Steering Committee met to discuss the strategic direction for the network.
The CPA Small Branches Steering Committee comprises the CPA Small Branches Chairperson, Joy Burch, Speaker of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, and nine Commonwealth Parliamentarians who represent the nine Regions of the CPA: Africa; Asia; Australia; British Isles and the Mediterranean; Canada; Caribbean, Americas and the Atlantic; India; Pacific; and South-East Asia.
CPA Small Branches
39th CPA Small Branches Conference (Day 1)
The first day of the two-day CPA Small Branches Conference included a plenary session on 'The Impact of Population Changes on Small Jurisdictions' and the CPA Small Branches business meeting.
The conference will discuss strategies to meet the unique developmental needs of the CPA’s smallest Legislatures through key thematic workshops that will help to build parliamentary capacity for the CPA Small Branches.
CPA Regional Secretaries meeting
Ahead of the 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Ghana, the Regional Secretaries of the 9 Regions of the CPA met to discuss CPA activities and the year ahead, joined by CPA Secretary-General, Stephen Twigg and Deputy Secretary-General, Jarvis Matiya.
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP)
CWP Steering Committee meeting
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Steering Committee met in Ghana representing the nine CPA Regions.
The CWP Steering Committee was chaired by the CWP Chairperson, Hon. Dr Zainab Gimba, MP, Member of the House of Representatives, National Assembly of Nigeria who welcomed Members and updated on the CWP activities during the previous year.
The CWP Steering Committee elected Hon. Kate Doust, MLC from the Parliament of Western Australia as the CWP Vice-Chairperson for a one-year term.
Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD)
CPwD Regional Champions meeting
The Regional Champions of the Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD) network met during the 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Accra.
The meeting was led by the CPwD Chairperson, Hon. Laura Kanushu, MP (Uganda). The CPwD Regional Champions represent each of the CPA’s nine Regions and promote the rights of Commonwealth Parliamentarians with disabilities in their respective Regions and represent disability interests within the CPA. During the meeting, the CPwD Regional Champions set the agenda for the network for the year ahead.
At the meeting, the CPA Headquarters Secretariat reported on its recent CPwD activities, such as its Capital Investment Fund supporting Commonwealth Parliaments to become more accessible, and the Regional Champions were briefed on what projects are planned for 2024, such as an update to the CPA’s Disability Inclusive Communications Guidelines.