St Helena : St Helena: COUNCILLOR GEORGE DEPARTS FOR COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 24.08.2013 (Article Archived on 21.09.2013)
On Wednesday 21 August, Councillor Cyril George will depart for the 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Conference in Johannesburg, scheduled to take place between 28 August and 6 September.
GEORGE DEPARTS FOR COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE
Wednesday 21 August, Councillor Cyril George will depart for the 59th Commonwealth
Parliamentary Association (CPA) Conference in Johannesburg, scheduled to take
place between 28 August and 6 September.
Cyril is the first Councillor from
the newly elected Council to attend a CPA Conference - aiming to develop
effective solutions to Commonwealth development challenges.
The plenary sessions include
members discussing Separation of Powers and Good Governance in Small States and
whether Education is Meeting Local Employment Needs in Small States.
Workshops held will include topics
Access and Ownership, Progress and Challenges Experienced by Rural Communities
in Accessing Land. What could be the Role and Intervention of Parliamentarians?
there be Parliamentary Intervention in the Informal Economy and
Challenges of Attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015; and
Inequitable Resource-Sharing: A Threat to Democratic Governance
Commenting on the conference,
“I am looking forward to
this interesting but new challenge, and although this is something that I am
not familiar with I am grateful for the opportunity to take on this experience
to contribute and learn from it.
We were all informed
initially that as Councillors we would get opportunities to attend meetings in
other Countries. When the CPA team arrived on Tuesday 30 July they informed us
that the next meeting would be held in Johannesburg. The selection process
began, will all interested Councillors putting their names forward. A draw took
place and the first name picked was mine.”
The conference will close on 5
September, beginning with a General Assembly and receiving of plaques, followed
by the final plenary session with the Parliamentary Response to the
19 August 2013