The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association(CPA) International’s new president is the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin.
At the recently concluded 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC), which Canada hosted in Halifax, he was unanimously chosen to serve as the President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), an association of more than 180 Commonwealth Parliaments.
Prior to being elected as president, Speaker Bagbin served as the CPA’s vice president.
Ghana has been offered the chance to hold the 66th Conference of the CPA in Accra from September 30 to October 7, 2023, when it is the CPA President.
The next CPC in Ghana will be presided over by Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin as President of the CPA, and he will also serve as the Chair of the Association’s Elections Committee. Among the other functions and responsibilities that the Constitution grants him, he also serves as a member of the Association’s Executive Committee.
Ghana attended this meeting with a double do. Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the majority leader, was also chosen as the association’s vice chairman. He now occupies the second-most significant position on the Association’s Coordinating Committee and Executive Committee.
As a result, he is appointed as the CPA’s deputy spokesperson and will support its chairman, the Hon. Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP, Member of the UK House of Commons, in leading the association’s Executive Committee.
Amendments to the Association’s Constitution to make Parliaments in the Commonwealth more contemporary, accessible, technologically savvy, gender sensitive, balanced, and inclusive of youth and the marginalized, especially persons with disabilities, were among the major topics covered at the annual conference.
The assistance of Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the second most experienced legislator in the Parliament, and Rt. Hon. Alban S. K. Bagbin, unquestionably the most experienced MP in the Ghanaian Parliament, is helpful as the Association struggles to change from a charity organization operating under UK law to an international, inter-parliamentary organization.
To realize this goal, tried-and-true leadership is unquestionably required. The nearly 180 branches from both Anglophone and Francophone nations have high expectations for Speaker Bagbin and Ian Liddell-leadership. Grainger’s
These parliamentary legends will not only raise the national flag high but also take the lead in promoting our people’s culture, traditions, governance, and abundant resources at the CPC’s 66th Conference the following year with the unwavering support of Ghana and all Ghanaians.
In this aspect, only collaboration among Ghanaians can ensure success.
Therefore, we urge every citizen to rise to the occasion and provide a hand as we celebrate this historic accomplishment of the nation.
A strong delegation from the Ghanaian Parliament, led by the Speaker, attended the 65th CPC in Halifax, Canada. The delegation included the Majority Leader, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Minority Leader, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, the Deputy Minority Whip, Hon. Ahmed Ibrahim, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Thomas Mbomba, the Deputy Majority Whip.
The trip also included some staff members and Mr. Cyril Kwabena Nsiah, the Clerk to Parliament.