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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 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.




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