Regional Secretariat

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the First Edition of the CPA Region Magazine

As stipulated in our mandates we are focusing in connecting, developing, promoting and supporting Parliamentarians to identify benchmarks of good governance and the implementation of the enduring values of the Commonwealth.

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Chair Column

It is a great honour to have this moment and send my warmest greetings to all Parliamentarians across Africa Region.

I am sure members will also join me in thanking our hosts of the past CPA Africa Region Conferences that took place in our region since the inception of our Association.

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Message from the Treasurer

Dear Readers,


Am proud to report that, CPA Africa Region financial resources have served and advanced our mission.

The Budget Committee of the Association worked closely together with the secretariat to ensure that

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Fight Poverty by enacting Good Laws: Kenyatta

“Let us all join hands to defend the freedoms of our socio-economic and political independence. We can honour our freedom fighters by ensuring that the virtues they stood for are respected,”

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Resolutions of the 46th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Region Conference held in Nairobi, Kenya between 9th and 15th August, 2015

We, delegates to the 46th Commonwealth Paliamentary Association (Africa Region) Conference assembled at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya from 9th to15th August, 2015 representing national and sub-national branches of the CPA

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Bid for Change of CPA Status Gathers Steam during 46th CPA Conference in Nairobi

“Articles 35 and 37 of the CPA Constitution are repressive as they are a reflection of colonialism. More importantly, a motion proposing the amendment of Article (2)(a), which was proposed at a General Assembly sitting in Colombo, Sri Lanka was never ruled invalid”.

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Dr. Bilal: Africa has all it needs to prosper but…
"Africa Ready to take off"

Judging by all prerequisites Africa Continent is poised for take off economically, the Vice President, Hon. Dr. Mohammed Gharib Bilal, said when opening the 45th CPA Africa Conference on behalf of H.E President Jakaya Kikwete.

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45th CPA Africa Region advice on improvement of Social Economic Development

“Governments in Commonwealth Africa to adopt the concept of gender-budgeting to accelerate the implementation of Millennium Development Goals relating to women and girls and mainstream gender issues in policy dialogue, formulation and implementation......”

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The 43rd CPA Africa Region Conference hosted in Gauteng

Five Resolutions were adopted on the topic, “The challenge of Parliamentarians in Safeguarding the National Development Interest in an Atmosphere where the Executive Play a Dominant Role.............”

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CPA Members Resolve to Employ Partnership to Promote Conflict Resolution and Economic Development

“It also urged CPA Africa to consolidate best practice in parts of Africa in the area of structural arrangements in response to youth development by organising study tours involving youth speakers to visit identified countries to gain in-depth understanding on how such work....”

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CPA Helps Youths to raise Pertinent issues and Find Solutions to Critical Challenges

“Among many things one of the topics debated by the Young Parliamentarians was; Combating hunger among Commonwealth African States: Building a Brighter Future”.

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Speakers and Presiding Officers Commit to Observe the Rules and Regulations

“After extensive debate, the Conference generally agreed that the mixed member representation system was the most ideal as it combined both systems. It was further proposed that as countries moved towards this system, they should consider enacting legislation to ensure intraparty democracy in order to prevent squabbles within political parties...”

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Passing away of Dr. William F. Shija, former CPA SG

“Dr. Shija was appointed as Secretary General of CPA by the General Assembly in September 2006. Dr. William F. Shija, assumed the office of CPA Secretary-General on 1 January, 2007.”

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CWP Resolves to Promote Women Agenda

“The meeting also suggested that the executive and head of states should be accountable for woman representation in relation to SADC and AU protocols and resolutions”.

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Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers condemn Kenya terrorist attacks

The conference recalled that the Commonwealth family through various Resolutions has always canvassed for peace and dialogue as avenues for conflict resolution and stressed that dignity and sanctity of human lives as well as the imperative of combating terrorism has always been high on the CPA agenda.

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