Chairman Senate visits Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Headquarters in London

Islamabad, November 26, 2015 (PPI-OT): Mian Raza Rabbani, Chairman Senate of Pakistan, visited the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Headquarters in London today. He held detailed discussion with Mr Joe Omorodion, Acting Secretary General, CPA, on a wide range of issues of mutual interest.

On his arrival at the CPA Headquarters, the Chairman Senate was accorded a warm welcome by the Acting Secretary General. Mr Joe Omorodion gave the Chairman a comprehensive briefing on the working, organizational structure, and aims and objectives of the CPA. The Chairman was also apprised on the upcoming projects and activities of the Association, with special focus on South Asia.

The Chairman Senate updated the Acting Secretary General on the activities of the Pakistan branch of CPA, the Secretariat of which rotates between National Assembly and Senate on yearly basis—currently the Secretariat being with the Senate.

The Chairman expressed satisfaction over the existing level of cooperation between the CPA Headquarters and the Pakistan branch of CPA. However, he underlined the need to further institutionalize this cooperation through parliamentary exchanges, conferences and seminars.

In this regard, the Chairman proposed a regional conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentarians in Islamabad to learn more from each other’s experiences. The Acting Secretary General welcomed this idea and assured to work in partnership with Pakistan to organize this event. He further said that the proposal of regional conference greatly helps CPA’s objective of outreach.

Mr Joe Omorodion acknowledged Pakistan’s meaningful engagement with the CPA and said the CPA was encouraged by Pakistan’s commitment to having firm association with it. He also offered assistance in research to further improve the effectiveness of Parliament of Pakistan. The two sides expressed desire to forge even stronger relations between the CPA Headquarters and the Pakistan branch of CPA to benefit from each other’s expertise.

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