Speaker Mark leads delegation at South Africa conference
House Speaker Wade Mark is currently in South Africa leading a delegation at the Commonwealth parliamentary conference.
The delegation comprises Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Rodger Samuel; Independent Senator Helen Drayton; Kevin Charles; Jacqui Sampson Meiguel, Clerk of the House; Kelvin Charles, Tobago House of Assembly (THA) presiding officer and Assemblywoman Claudia Groome-Duke, THA Secretary of Health and Social Services.
According to a release from the Parliament, Candice Ramnanan who was the outstanding participant in the 2012 Commonwealth Youth Parliament also forms part of the delegation and will address the CPC General Assembly in South Africa.
The release stated that the theme of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference is “Effective Solution to Commonwealth Development Challenges” and will engage discussions from Parliamentarians across the Commonwealth.
Some of the topics for discussion at the conference are :
1. Land access and ownership: progress and challenges experienced by rural communities in accessing land. What could be the role and intervention of parliamentarians?
2. Should there be parliamentary intervention in the informal economy and entrepreneurship sectors?
3. The challenges of attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
5. Inequitable resource sharing: A threat to democratic governance
6. Role of parliamentarians in the transfer of technology and research to boost agricultural productivity
7. Governing democratically in a tech-empowered world: Deepening partnerships between Parliaments and Parliamentary Monitoring Organisations (PMOs)
8. Separation of powers and good governance
9. Policy solutions for caring of an aging population
10. Parliamentary response to the Commonwealth charter