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.

The official publication of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is The Parliamentarian, the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments. The organization runs the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), a group across the Commonwealth who promote greater representation for women in parliament.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) currently has 181 branches and is divided into nine regions - Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean (BIM); Canada; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic (CAA); India; Pacific; and South-East Asia. The CPA Secretariat is based in London, United Kingdom.


A meeting of the CPA African Branch in 2014

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. Today the organisation has a CPA Secretariat based in London.


The current Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee is the Rt Hon. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Speaker of Jatiyo Sangshad Bangladesh.

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

The current Treasurer is Hon. Request Muntanga, MP from Zambia.

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

The current Acting Secretary-General & Director of Finance and Administration is Mr Joe Omorodion.


The current Acting Secretary-General & Director of Finance and Administration is Mr Joe Omorodion.

The former Secretaries-General are: Dr. William F. Shija from Tanzania, former Minister Tanzania Parliament (2007 – 2014); Mr Denis Marshall, former Minister New Zealand Parliament (2002 – 2006); Mr Arthur Donahoe, former Speaker Nova Scotia House of Assembly (1993 – 2001); Dr. David Tonkin, former Premier South Australia (1986 – 1992); Sir Robin Vandervelt (1961 – 1985); Sir Howard D’Egville (1949 - 1960)


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
 Hong Kong[1] Government of Hong Kong
 India Parliament of India
 Isle of Man High Court of Tynwald
 Malaysia Dewan Rakyat
 New Zealand Parliament of New Zealand
 Norfolk Island Norfolk Legislative Assembly 1979
 Papua New Guinea Parliament of Papua New Guinea
 Scotland,[2] Scottish Parliament
 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
 Trinidad and Tobago
 Turks and Caicos Islands
 United Kingdom Parliament of the United Kingdom

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  1. ^ "House Committee (Minutes) 29 Mar 96". 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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