By Spy Uganda
Uganda has rallied members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) to support its bid to host the group’s headquarters in Kampala.
Ugandan Members of Parliament led by Kabula County’s Hon. Enos Asiimwe on Wednesday, 04 October 2023 submitted the country’s bid at the 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Accra, Ghana.
Asiimwe and his colleagues who represented Speaker Anita Among said Uganda is strategically situated and has all the requirements necessary to host the headquarters.
The legislator added that there are immense economic opportunities associated with having CPA headquarters in a first-developing country like Uganda.
“The opportunities of hosting the headquarters include hosting conferences, the jobs at the secretariat, infrastructural development opportunities given that CPA is a rich organization that would put up its headquarters in the new country,” he said.
The flagship event, which was hosted under the theme, ‘The Commonwealth Charter 10 years on: Values and Principles for Parliaments to Uphold,’ brought together over 500 parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and decision makers from across the Commonwealth to address the critical issues facing today’s Parliaments and society.
Bugiri Municipality MP, Hon. Asuman Basalirwa said: “It is my considered view that Uganda has what it takes to host the headquarters of the CPA. As a member of the East African Community right from the 70s in the defunct community, we have played host to some of the institutions of the community like East African Development Bank.”
During the 65th conference, CPA members proposed that the association headquarters be relocated from Britain to any willing member.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association currently has about 180 branches consisting of national parliaments and sub-national legislatures of the Commonwealth member states.
The branches are divided into nine regions, Africa, Asia, Australia, British Islands and Mediterranean, Canada, Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic, India, Pacific, and South East Asia.
With the ever-increasing focus on greater scrutiny of parliamentarians and parliaments, the CPA conference presented an opportunity for members to benefit from professional development, supportive learning and the sharing of best practice with colleagues from Commonwealth parliaments together with the participation of leading international organizations.
The conference also explored a wide range of workshops during which members had the opportunity to collectively dialogue on matters of cooperation among member states such as global warming, terrorism, human rights and ways tackling poverty and achieving sustainable trade and economic development.