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49th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Region Conference

Host: Parliament of Botswana

Theme: The Role of African Parliaments in Fostering National and Regional Security

Date: 13th - 22nd August, 2018

Venue: Gaborone International Convention Centre, Gaborone, Botswana

Background on Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Region

CPA Africa Region is part of the CPA International Organisation composed of African countries that were formally under British rule with limited exceptions. Some of these countries are also members of other regional bodies such as Pan African Parliament (PAP), Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Southern Africa Development Community-Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF), East African Legislative Assembly and Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS).

It is an organisation of National Parliaments and Provincial/State/Territorial legislatures of member countries of the Commonwealth on the continent of Africa who, irrespective of gender, race or religion, are committed to:

  • Respect for Human Rights and Freedoms and the pursuit of the ideals of democracy and good governance.
  • Building understanding and unity between countries of the Region and the Continent.
  • Promoting the interests/perspectives of Africa into the Commonwealth and beyond.

The aims and objectives of the CPA Africa Region are:

  1. to promote the interests/perspectives of Africa into the Commonwealth and beyond;
  2. to promote knowledge and education concerning the Constitutional, legislative, economic, social and cultural systems of member countries in the Region and beyond;
  3. to promote and maintain gender equality and emancipation of women;
  4. to promote respect for Human Rights and Freedoms; and
  5. to pursue the ideals of democracy and good governance.

Membership

Membership of the CPA Africa Region is open to a National Parliament, Provincial, State or territorial Legislature of a member country that constitutes itself as such by resolution and to all registered and current Branches of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in the Region. The CPA Africa Region comprises of 18 member states namely Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Role of CPA President

The CPA President presides over the CPA Plenary meetings and plays a key role in championing and driving implementation of programmes in accordance with the CPA objectives.

Anticipated Challenges

The CPA Africa presidency has a short lifespan of only one year. Its not always easy to achieve or make an impact in such a short time. Another challenge is in the logistics of preparing for the CPA conference as the President is expected to host the Conference and issues such as resource adequacy will always present a challenge.

Anticipated Achievements

As the President, one hopes to reach out to the CPA Africa Region Member States through ensuring implementation of the organisation’s objectives and promoting the ratification and domestication of regional and international protocols that the Member States have agreed to. One also hopes to make strides towards the attainment of the AU Agenda 2063 especially through education and awareness campaigns on the Agenda.

 

SPEAKER OFFICIAL PHOTO

HON. GLADYS K.T. KOKORWE, PH. MP.
SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF BOTSWANA
PRESIDENT OF CPA AFRICA REGION

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DSC 9522 Honourable Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi was sworn in as the 5th President of the Republic of Botswana by the Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo on the1st April 2018. Honourable Masisi takes charge of Presidential office after the retirement of the 4th President of the Republic of Botswana, Lt. Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama who served in the office for a decade - 2008 to 2018.

His Excellency, the President Mokgweetsi Masisi first came to Parliament in 2009 as a Member of Parliament for Moshupa Constituency. He came back again to Parliament in 2014 after the general elections representing the now Moshupa-Manyana Constituency. In the same year he was endorsed as the Vice President of the Republic of Botswana under the leadership of Lt. Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama. He served in the office of the Vice President for five years.

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Gladys Kokorwe, addressed a Press Briefing in Parliament Buildings where she updated the media about Parliament Business in May 2017.

In her speech, Hon. Kokorwe informed the Media Practitioners that Parliamentary Committees have undertaken a number of activities, one of them being an official visit to Cuba. The Speaker was accompanied by Hon. Sedirwa Kgoroba, Hon. Christian De Graaf, Hon. Buti Billy and the Clerk of the National Assembly from the 22nd to the 30th April 2017; which its main objective was to strengthen bilateral relations between the Parliament of Botswana and the National Assembly of People’s Powers of Cuba.

The Speaker stated that while there, she managed to visit the Federation of Cuban Women where they discussed issues relating to advancing women empowerment and how Parliament can promote gender equality. She also indicated that they also visited the Latin American School of Medicine, where they held talks with the school management, and met Batswana students who are training as doctors there.

Hon. Kokorwe highlighted on the initiative, “Taking Parliament to the People;” which its purpose is to give the general public an opportunity to learn how Parliament works, and to strengthen citizen participation in Parliament business.

The Honourable Speaker went on to brief media about the different Parliamentary Committees and their functions.  Among these Committees is the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which its duty is to examine accounts books of all Government, Ministries and Independent Bodies.

The Speaker also explained issues of Inter-Parliamentary Bodies. She said during the next session of the Pan African Parliament, which will be running from the 8th to 19th May in Midrand, South Africa, new Members of Parliament will be sworn in. These include Hon. Mephato Reatile, Hon. Bogolo Kenewendo and Hon. Buti Billy.

She stated that workshops will be held for Chairpersons of the Parliamentary Committees, as a way to strengthen the oversight role of Parliament. These workshops are aimed at improving operational efficiency and effectiveness as per the committee’s mandates.

In her closing remarks the Speaker thanked the  media, highlighting that as the Spokesperson of the National Assembly, she wishes to engage more with media in order to share information on Legislation, Oversight and Representation activities of Parliament.

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