Sandton Convention Centre provided the platform last week for the coming together of 175 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislators for the 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, held between the 28 August and 6 September in South Africa.
Hosted by South African Parliament, and held with the purpose of identifying effective solutions to developmental challenges facing the Commonwealth countries, the event is the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s biggest annual gathering and saw 600 Parliamentarians and parliamentary officials from around the world flocking through the doors of Sandton’s world-class convention centre.
The CPA is an Association of Commonwealth Parliamentarians who, irrespective of gender, race, religion or culture, are united by community of interest, respect for the rule of law, and individual rights and freedoms, and by pursuit of the positive ideals of parliamentary democracy.
President Jacob Zuma officially opened the conference with a speech highlighting the strengthening of democracy, impending deadlines for the Millennium Development Goals and women empowerment.
Secretary General of the CPA, Rt Hon Dr William Shija, closed the 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference on a high note, describing the conference as a resounding success.