23 Jul 2013 09:50
WINDHOEK, 23 JUL (NAMPA) - There is a need for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)s status to be changed to an international body, the organisations Africa regional assistant secretary has stated.
This discussion, Mgalami Demetrius said, has been there for a number of years since the mid-90s, but the organisation has not succeeded in changing this status as its biggest challenge was with the traditional members of the CPA.
Demetrius made the remarks in the CPAs newsletter for July this year, saying the organisation has taken on the role of a charity association to a diplomatic or international body.
The statement also comes in the wake of the 44th CPA Africa Regional conference taking place here this week, during which deliberations will focus on issues like the proper utilisation of Commonwealth partnerships to promote peaceful conflict resolution.
Demetrius explained that during the 58th CPA International Conference which took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka last year, the majority of members agreed that its status be changed to that of an international body.
To achieve this, British laws will need to be changed to allow the CPA to be an international body, as the organisation was founded in 1911 under the administration of the United Kingdom, he noted.
It was only in the 1950s that the CPA Africa Region was founded, as many African countries liberated themselves from their colonial oppressors.
Meanwhile, the CPA Africa Region, which promotes the core values of responsive, accountable and legitimate parliaments, is putting measures in place to evaluate how effective the organisation is, and how resolutions are implemented.
Other topics to be discussed during the 44th CPA Africa Regional conference, which commenced here on Monday, include the elimination and prevention of all forms of gender-based violence, the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as youth empowerment in Africa.
Close to 500 Members of Parliament (MPs) from 19 countries are attending the event, which ends on Friday.