Uganda will for the second time host the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in September 2019, according to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Secretariat.
The conference will be hosted in Kampala under the theme: ‘Adaption, Engagement and Evolution in a rapidly changing Commonwealth’. The country first hosted the conference in 1967.
The conference is organised each year by the CPA but for this year it is been skipped. The 2017 CPC was held in Bangladesh. While Uganda’s neighbours Kenya and Tanzania have also in the past hosted the conference, with Kenya hosting it in 1954, 1983, 2010 while Tanzania were hosts in 2009.
However, the CPA Executive Meeting being attended in London by Speakers from Uganda Cameroon, Malta, Kenya, Lesotho, Zambezi among others has offered Uganda chance to host the 2019 conference. The Speaker of Parliament Uganda has been appointed President Designate 2018 to 2019.
During the CPC global political issues and developments in the parliamentary system are analysed in conference debates among leading parliamentarians representing parliaments and legislatures throughout the commonwealth.
The plenary conferences were biennial from 1948 to 1959 and annual since 1961. A summary of the main views expressed in the conference debates is sent to members, governments and international agencies.
The conference period also encompasses meetings of the General Assembly, the Executive Committee, small branches members, the commonwealth parliamentarians and meetings of Parliamentary Clerks and Secretaries (SOCATT).