By Daniels N. Tatya
As the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference got underway at the specious lake side Commonwealth Munyonyo resort on monday-23rd September 2019, the members of Parliament from the Commonwealth charter got a special treatment of the Pearl’s hospitality.
By the time the delegates got down to real business, they had already been worked and served the local cultural dances , the Hotel/Resorts ambiance and the venue’s hospitality that gave them a warm welcome to the land of sunshine, milk and honey.
Such treatment calmed down the nerves of every delegate-both local and visiting, from the bustles and hustles of running up and down to beat the conference’s deadlines.
Parliament of Uganda officials led by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga were busy all weekend receiving delegates that flew in for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference so it was so fit to relax and calm down the guests as they got ready for the week-long conference business.
Ugandan artists, medical practitioners and other exhibitors are already at the venue to showcase unique products from Uganda. The much-anticipated conference has kicked off monday morning with closed meetings of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) regional secretaries.
The conference which is this year organized under the theme “Adaption, engagement and evolution of Parliaments in a rapidly changing Commonwealth” has attracted more than 1000 delegates from 53 former colonies and territories of Great Britain and 20 of these are Speakers or Deputy Speakers of Parliament of their respective countries.
Hon. Emilia Monjowa who is the Deputy Speaker of the Cameroon National Assembly is the Chairperson of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
In her opening remarks, she commended Uganda saying “evidence shows that the Conference will be a success” before adding on that they have been well cared for from the moment she arrived in the country.
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Women Parliamentarians from Commonwealth member states are expected to look at progress made in advancing the position of women in society, highlight challenges and forge a way forward. Issues such as maternal health, economic empowerment will be at the conference’s discussion menu.