President Rajapaksa to inaugurate 58th CPA conference in Colombo on Tuesday
Sri Lanka will host the 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference in Colombo, to be declared open next Tuesday by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Government and Opposition legislators will join in exchanging views and interacting with nearly 800 delegates from 54 Commonwealth countries attending the conference, held under the theme, “Ensuring a relevant Commonwealth for the future”.
This is the biggest event of this nature to be held in the Sri Lanka since the defeat of the LTTE.
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa who will chair the CPA conference, said that many of the delegates who had arrived in the country, had said they were impressed with the arrangements for the conference, as well as the development in the country.
Secretary General- CPA, Dr. William F. Shija, a former Minister and Member of the Tanzanian Parliament, and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Kamlesh Sharma will address the conference.
A special session will be held for women parliamentarians, where they will discuss issues that female legislators experience. One such topic of discussion will be, “Is there such a thing as a Women’s Agenda in Parliament? If not, why not? If so, what should it be?”
Another topic of discussion will be, “Should the Commonwealth establish a Commissioner for Democracy, the Rule of Law and Human Rights?”Speaker Rajapaksa said that special security arrangements are in place for the conference which will end next Friday.
The CPA, headquartered in London, brings together more than 170 parliaments and legislatures throughout the Commonwealth, and is an organisation dedicated to strengthening good parliamentary practice and respect for the institution of Parliament.
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