Mauritius Host the 47th CPA Conference In Balaclava

The 47th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Regional Conference, was held from 22 to 27 August at Balaclava in Mauritius under the theme ‘Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals: the Role of Parliaments’.

Officiating the Conference, Prime Minister of Mauritius Hon. Sir Anerood Jugnauth said Parliament is the forum which gives members opportunity to voice out their needs and apprehensions of constituents, especially the poor and the marginalized. For this reason there must be mutual trust between Members of Parliament and constituents. He urged that, members through the democratic process, constituents have entrusted them with the responsibility to better their fate of which there is no need to betray them. “Parliamentarians must endeavor to convince their constituents that democratic institutions can transform their lives".  He said.

Earlier giving her opening remark, the Chairperson of the CPA Africa Region Hon. Lindiwe Maseko said since 2002, developing countries in Africa have made significant progress in promoting democracy, good governance and improving socio-economic conditions of its people in all dimensions through a global plan for development which had come to be known as Millennium Development Goals.  As commonwealth parliamentarians in Africa, she said they have a responsibility to align their plans to Africa`s policy frameworks and find a synergy between the countries Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063.