The annual flagship event is bringing together Parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and decision makers from across the Commonwealth.
64TH COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE
September 22- 29
ENTEBBE - Delegates of the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference are arriving in the country as the week-long event is set to kick off in Uganda's capital Kampala.
Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda and Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga were at Entebbe International Airport on Sunday to receive the delegates.
The conference, which Uganda had last hosted in 1967, will get under way at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, with various activities on the lineup.
(Photos by Maria Wamala)
During the meeting, Commonwealth Parliamentarians will address global issues and the evolution of parliamentary democracy.
The gathering is being hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Uganda Branch and the Parliament of Uganda.
The annual flagship event is bringing together Parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and decision makers from across the Commonwealth for this unique conference and networking opportunity.
The CPA Executive Committee is attending the conference, headed by Emilia Lifaka (the chairperson), who is the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon.
The conference is offering the prospect of the coming together of the CPA's global membership to address the critical issues facing today's Parliaments.
This conference is being hosted by the CPA President Designate (2018-2019), Rebecca Kadaga, who is the Speaker of Uganda's Parliament.
With the ever-increasing focus on greater scrutiny of Parliamentarians and the overall public trust deficit in Parliaments, the CPA's annual conference offers the opportunity for members to benefit from professional development, supportive learning and the sharing of best practice with colleagues from Commonwealth Parliaments together with the participation of leading international organisations.
The main conference theme for this year's edition is: Adaption, engagement, and evolution of Parliaments in a rapidly changing Commonwealth.
During the conference, there will be a number of additional conferences and meetings, including: 37th CPA Small Branches Conference; 6th triennial Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Conference; 64th CPA General Assembly; meetings of the CPA Executive Committee; and the Society of Clerks at the Table (SOCATT) meetings.
This year, the conference will hold elections for the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), the CPA Treasurer and the CPA Small Branches Chairperson for new three-year terms.
The conference programme will include conference plenaries and ten CPC workshops for Parliamentarians, with some workshops focusing on gender, youth and the CPA's small branches.
Workshops will be held during the conference on a wide range of other topics including:
• Innovation in Parliament: the impact of science and technology on how Parliament works today
• The role of Parliament in facilitating persons with disabilities as electors, candidates and legislators
• Strategies to deal with youth unemployment
• Combatting rapid urbanisation and rural decline - A challenge for the Commonwealth
• The possible effects of United Kingdom ‘Brexit' on CPA Small Branches
• Fostering a culture of respect, fairness and dignity: sexual harassment has no place in Legislatures
• The role of Parliament in the doctrine of the Separation of Powers;
• Enhancing Transparency and Accountability
• Post Legislative Scrutiny (PLS) - a dimension of the oversight function of Parliament
• How the updated CPA Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures has been used to strengthen the capacity of CPA Legislatures
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