Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

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The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, (CPA) previously known as the Empire Parliamentary Association, is an organisation, of British origin, which works to support good governance, democracy and human rights.

As of 1989, the organisation acknowledges a Patron - the Head of the Commonwealth; Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - and a Vice Patron, the head of state or of the government of the branch holding the upcoming conference. The association's supreme authority is the General Assembly, constituted by delegates to the annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. The business and activities are managed by an Executive Committee, which reports to the General Assembly. The association's funds are obtained from membership fees paid by its branches, as well as from two trust funds and various other sources.

History

It was founded as the Empire Parliamentary Association in 1911, with its first branches being Australia, Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom, the latter branch administering the association as a whole. In 1948 the association changed its name to the current Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and allowed all branches part in administration of the organisation. The branches are grouped into nine Commonwealth regions - Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Canada; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; India; Pacific, and South-East Asia.

Officers

The current Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee is the Rt Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst, MP from the United Kingdom.

The current Vice-Chairperson is Hon. Ronald Kiandee MP from Malaysia.

The current Treasurer is Hon. Marwick Khumalo, MP from Swaziland.

The current Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians is Rt Hon. Rebecca A. Kadaga, MP from Uganda.

The current Secretary-General is Dr. William F. Shija from Tanzania.

Members

State Parliament Year joined
 Alderney States of Alderney
 Antigua and Barbuda Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda
 Australia Parliament of Australia
 The Bahamas Parliament of the Bahamas
 Bangladesh Parliament of Bangladesh
 Barbados Parliament of Barbados
 Belize Parliament of Belize
 Bermuda Parliament of Bermuda
 Botswana Parliament of Botswana
 British Virgin Islands House of Assembly of the British Virgin Islands
 Cameroon National Assembly of Cameroon
 Canada Parliament of Canada
 Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands
 Cook Islands Parliament of the Cook Islands
 Cyprus House of Representatives of Cyprus
 Dominica House of Assembly of Dominica
 Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands
 Fiji Parliament of Fiji
 Gambia National Assembly of The Gambia
 Ghana Parliament of Ghana
 Gibraltar Gibraltar Parliament
 Grenada Parliament of Grenada
 Guernsey States of Guernsey
 Guyana
 Hong Kong1 Government of Hong Kong
 India Parliament of India
 Isle of Man High Court of Tynwald
 Jamaica
 Jersey
 Kenya
 Kiribati
 Lesotho
 Malawi
 Malaysia Dewan Rakyat
 Maldives
 Malta
 Mauritius
 Montserrat
 Mozambique
 Namibia
 Nauru
 New Zealand Parliament of New Zealand
 Nigeria
 Niue
 Norfolk Island Norfolk Legislative Assembly 1979
 Pakistan
 Papua New Guinea Parliament of Papua New Guinea
 Samoa
 Scotland,2 Scottish Parliament
 Seychelles
 Sierra Leone
 Singapore Parliament of Singapore
 Solomon Islands
 South Africa
 Sri Lanka
 Saint Helena
 Saint Kitts and Nevis
 Saint Lucia
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 Swaziland
 Tanzania
 Tonga
 Trinidad and Tobago
 Turks and Caicos Islands
 Tuvalu
 Uganda
 United Kingdom Parliament of the United Kingdom
 Vanuatu
 Zambia

See also

References

  1. ^ "House Committee (Minutes) 29 Mar 96". Legco.gov.hk. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  2. ^ "Home Page of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Scotland Branch". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 

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