Politicians from Jersey are attending one of the largest annual gatherings of Commonwealth Parliamentarians in Uganda this week. The 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC), hosted by the CPA Uganda Branch and the Parliament of Uganda, is a flagship event and brings together over 500 parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and decision makers from across the Commonwealth. It is a unique conference and networking opportunity, the CPC offers the prospect of the coming together of the CPA’s global membership to address the critical issues facing today’s parliaments.
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 politicians and other 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 the 64th CPC is: ‘Adaption, engagement, and evolution of Parliaments in a rapidly changing Commonwealth’.
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.
The 64th CPC conference will be hosted by the CPA President Designate (2018-2019), Rt Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda from 22nd to 29th September 2019 in Kampala. Deputy Kevin Pamplin, Deputy Jess Perchard and Deputy Kirsten Morel are attending the global conference from Jersey’s States Assembly.
Deputy Carolyn Labey, Minister for International Development and Chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Jersey Branch said, “The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference is a unique opportunity for Jersey to be represented on an international platform and to discuss common challenges such as climate change with colleagues across the world.”
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.
States Assembly News Release.