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Parliamentarians attend trust-building conference

Published:Monday | May 14, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Finance Minister Peter Phillips has the ear of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller as he prepares to table the Budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year last Thursday. - File

GOVERNOR GENERAL Patrick Allen will this morning open the 37th Commonwealth Parliamen-tary Association (CPA) Regional Conference in St Andrew.

The opening ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. in the Montego Suite of the Jamaica Pegasus.

The conference, which is being held under the theme 'Low Citizen Confidence in Governance: How Can Parliamentarians Build Trust in Caribbean Legislatures?', ends on Friday.

Some 100 delegates from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Montserrat, St Lucia, St Christopher and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica are expected to attend.

"The CPA is made up of 18 branches from 17 countries and consists of Commonwealth Parliamentarians who are united by their respect for the rule of law, democracy and individual rights and freedoms, without regard to gender, race, religion or culture," Conference coordinator and clerk of the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke, told the Jamaica Information Service recently.

She said it "will be a cause for reflection among parliamentarians in light of the theme. This is an opportunity for them to network, share information, exchange ideas and fellowship."

PARLIAMENTARY SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

  • Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. Standing Finance Committee
  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - Standing Finance Committee
  • Thursday 10:00 a.m. - Standing Finance Committee
  • Friday 10:00 a.m. - Sitting of the Senate

The Standing Finance Committee consists of all members of the House of Representatives. It is charged with reviewing the Estimates of Expenditures which was tabled last Thursday by Finance Minister, Dr Peter Phillips.