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09 April 2018
The Commonwealth Parliamentarians Forum was a platform for me to meet key decision-makers and influencers concerning the things that matter in the world we live in. Although each representative faced different challenges and obstacles, it was powerful to see that everyone was aligned with a common objective of making the world a better place through progressive change for the present and future.
These productive and inspirational four days resulted in us devising concrete, specific visions in addressing these complex challenges leading up to CHOGM. The aim is to establish some priority areas and measurable actions for the future of the Commonwealth and beyond.READ MORE
26 March 2018
The 26th of February marked the beginning of high-level engagements at the Commonwealth Parliamentarians’ Forum. It was held in what some may call ‘the birthplace of democracy’, Westminster. I was privileged to engage 65 parliamentarians from 28 Commonwealth countries, while representing Fiji as a youth delegate. The powerful Forum engaged thought-provoking and forward-looking discussions on sustainability, fairness, security, and prosperity. It was an honour to network and engage with high level parliamentarians on issues of concern for young people in Fiji, including issues that continue to dominate the youth demographic in the Pacific.READ MORE
21 March 2018
It was a privilege to address the Commonwealth Parliamentarians’ Forum on 28 February 2018 on behalf of The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN), which is a network of 45 organisations representing 42 Commonwealth countries working to challenge inequality in the Commonwealth, based on sexual orientation or gender identity. TCEN was formally accredited to the Commonwealth in June 2017 and will be active in the Summit week advocating for equality.
Thirty seven Commonwealth countries criminalise same sex relations between consenting adults. Who you love makes you a criminal in these countries. Yet, all Commonwealth governments have committed to the SDGs to ensure that there is ‘no-one left behind’.READ MORE
14 March 2018
It seemed obvious. How could the UK Branch of the CPA not organise an event related to The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) being held in the UK this April?
The Commonwealth has parliamentary democracy at its heart. The Parliament in Westminster is a model for many Parliaments. CHOGM had developed a series of supporting Forums--Business Forum, People’s Forum, Youth Forum, and Women’s Forum-- but not one for the very Parliamentarians who embody that democratic commitment. So last year--before my time at CPA UK--colleagues pitched the idea. Our Executive Committee were keen. The British Government, as CHOGM hosts, gave their support. And when we floated the idea with other parliamentarians, across the Commonwealth, including the UK, they were enthusiastic, and full of ideas for the programme.READ MORE
23 February 2018
Over 80 parliamentarians from 25 Commonwealth countries will attend the first Commonwealth Parliamentarians’ Forum in London next week (26 February – 1 March). High-profile speakers include:
The Forum is taking place to ensure Commonwealth parliaments feed into the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April 2018.
Parliamentarians will return to their countries better placed to inform and influence their governments ahead of CHOGM, and thereafter.
20 February 2018
Senior MPs from Sri Lanka take part in a 3 day visit the UK Parliament as part of a programme to improve financial oversight in the Parliament of Sri Lanka from 20 – 22 February.
The programme, organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) in partnership with Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), includes meetings with the National Audit Office (NAO) and Her Majesty’s Treasury to explore UK public financial oversight and share international good practice.
The Sri Lankan delegates are all members of the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and include Committee Chair Hon. Sunil Handunnetti MP, State Minister of Science, Technology and Research Hon. Lakshman Senewiratne MP, Hon. Bimal Rathnayake MP and Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage MP.READ MORE
18 January 2018
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) detailing a 2-year programme of future technical parliamentary assistance was signed today (18 January 2018) in London by Madam Speaker Hon. Mariam Jack-Denton on behalf of the National Assembly, Rt. Hon. John Bercow, Speaker, House of Commons, as Co-President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK), and Sir Henry Bellingham M.P., as Chair of the Board of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).
The MoU intends to strengthen the National Assembly’s parliamentary processes, in particular its parliamentary committee oversight, legislation and communications and outreach.
This timely visit comes almost exactly 1-year after the new President of the Gambia was sworn into office after a tumultuous election. The delegation from the Gambian National Assembly Members (NAMs) is led by Madam Speaker and builds on technical training provided to Clerks and officials of the National Assembly in Banjul in September 2017. The visit also explored UK parliamentary practice and procedures and a future relationship of cooperation.READ MORE
16 January 2018
The next deadline for applications to the CPA UK Challenge Fund (formerly known as the Fellowship Scheme) is Friday 23 February 2018.
The fund offers small bursaries for UK parliamentarians and APPGs to undertake projects or studies in Commonwealth countries.READ MORE
21 November 2017
An Induction Programme for newly elected Members of the Legislative Assembly in the Falkland Islands took place from 21-23 November to enable them to build knowledge and practical skills for their roles.
A delegation of parliamentarians and officials from Alderney, Guernsey, Scotland and the UK facilitated the workshop in Stanley, which was organised by the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK) in partnership with the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly.READ MORE
29 November 2017
Madame Christine St-Pierre, Québec Minister of International Relations and Francophonie, met with UK MPs to discuss the future of the UK’s relationship with Canada and Québec on Wednesday 29 November.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) facilitated meetings that covered trade, culture and academic cooperation, and provided the Minister of International Relations and Francophonie an insight into how the UK Parliament is preparing for the UK’s departure from the European Union.READ MORE
20 November 2017
The Chair, Vice Chair, Members, and Clerk of the Public Accounts Committee of St Helena will visit the Isle of Man and Westminster from 27 – 30 November for a capacity-building programme organised by CPA UK.
In addition to observing evidence sessions of the Public Accounts Committees (PACs) of Tynwald and the UK Parliament, the four-day programme offers opportunities for direct exchanges with UK Members of both Houses, committee clerks and officials, representatives of the UK National Audit Office, and other relevant stakeholders. Sharing experience and good practice around crucial committee work, such as the preparation of inquiries and evidence sessions, will build the skills and capacity of the entire committee. The programme has been tailored to the requirements of the Chair, Vice Chair, Members, and Clerk with a view to strengthen the PAC upon their return to St Helena.READ MORE
04 October 2017
Mr Ronald Maclennan Baird, the recently appointed Clerk to the Public Accounts Committee of the Falkland Islands, will visit the Isle of Man and Westminster from 9-12 October for a familiarisation programme organised by CPA UK.
In addition to observing evidence sessions of the Public Accounts Committees (PACs) of Tynwald and the UK Parliament, the four-day programme offers opportunities to meet Clerks to the PAC and other committees. Sharing experience and good practice around crucial committee work such as the preparation and launch of inquiries will build the skills and capacity of the visiting Clerk. These developed skills and expanded capacity will directly benefit the PAC upon his return to the Falkland Islands.READ MORE