The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association links members of national, state, provincial and territorial parliaments and legislatures across the Commonwealth. Its mission is to promote the advancement of parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance. It seeks to build an informed parliamentary community able to deepen the Commonwealth’s democratic commitment and to further cooperation among its parliaments and legislatures.
Secretariat: Suite 700, Westminster House, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, UK
Foundation: 1911 (as the Empire Parliamentary Association)
President: The Rt Hon John Bercow MP (Speaker of the House of Commons, United Kingdom); Chair of the Executive Committee: The Hon Dato’ Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal MP, Minister of Rural and Regional Development, Malaysia; Secretary-General: Dr William F Shija
The CPA pursues its objectives by means of: annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences, regional conferences and other symposiums; interparliamentary visits; parliamentary seminars and workshops; publications, notably The Parliamentarian and newsletters on CPA activities and parliamentary and political events; and Parliamentary Information and Reference Centre communications. Active CPA Branches now exist in more than 180 national, state, provincial and territorial parliaments and legislatures, with a total membership in excess of 17,000 parliamentarians.