Thursday, May 30th, 2019, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) General Assembly has welcomed 25 new members in the association and elected new members to fill the vacant seats.
Elected are Hon. Valens Muhakwa,the vice-chairperson of the association and Hon. Pie Niyezimana and Hon. Emma Furaha Rubagumya who were elected new members of the executive committee.
Speaking at the General Assembly that took place in parliament, the CPA Rwanda Chairperson, Hon. Marguerite Nyagahura said that since its admission to CPA International in 2011, the parliament of Rwanda has been very active and played important role in CPA activities. She said that CPA Rwanda has been represented in different meetings, seminars, conferences and contributed in sharing Rwanda’s experiences and furnish new members of parliament with information on Commonwealth in general and the processes, procedures and practices of CPA in particular.
She reiterated Rwanda’s preparedness on the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled to take place in Kigali next year.
“As Rwanda plans to host the CHOGM next year, it is a great honour and privilege to host such a major event, it calls hard work and collaborative efforts to ensure its success,” she said.
In her remarks while opening the conference, Speaker Rt. Hon. Mukabalisa Donatille said that under such meeting, members are able to think together and forge the best way to promote CPA fundamental values which are human right, international peace, rule of law, alleviation of poverty, equal rights and representation for all citizens.
“Our country remains full committed to implementing all those fundamental principles of CPA. Our government also ensures good governance through transparency and accountability. Since the parliament of Rwanda joined the CPA, members of parliaments played a vital role in terms of parliamentary diplomacy and closer political cooperation through different regional, continental and global conferences, seminars and workshops,” she said.
Under the General Assembly, different presentations and discussions were made, all revolving around the functions and practices of the body and the Rwanda’s objectives in joining the association.
Made up with the parliamentarians in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate Rwanda, CPA Rwanda is one of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa branches.