This was the first time for Tonga to host such high-level delegates of the CPA, where the President of the Association, the Rt. Hon. Chamal Rajapaksa of India, and the Chairman of the Executive Committee, Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst of the UK joined other 48 committee members in Tonga, to discuss the business and activities of the Parliamentary Associations of the Commonwealth.
In his first public engagement since ascending to the throne last month, His Majesty thanked CPA for coming to Tonga and Tonga is proud to host them just as proud as we Tongans of our written Constitution, some decades older than the CPA. He also paid tribute to the previous two Monarchs who were instrumental in promoting Tonga's current political changes. He further added that it is only through these meetings where cross polarization of ideas and experiences take root, and through dialogue and learning from each other regardless of size or economic power, will give them a chance to bear fruit, and this will promote our shared values in the Commonwealth.
The participants of the Executive Committee Meeting are delegates from the Parliamentary Associations and Regional Representatives from Africa, Asia, British Isles and the Mediterranean, Australia, Canada, Carribean , South East Asia and the Pacific, including members of the CPA Headquarters Secretariat Staff from London.
The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Lord Lasike joined the Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano and members of the Government and Parliament at the official opening of the Meeting.
Lord Lasike believes that not only this is an important opportunity for the Tongan Parliament, but these engagements help place Tonga on the international parliamentary stage, and provide its Parliament members with opportunities to develop professionally and expand their international networks.
The meeting concluded yesterday and delegates started departing today and tomorrow.
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2. View Video (Speechs):
- Welcoming Speech by Chairman of the Executive Committee, Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst
- Formal Address by His Majesty King Tupou VI at the CPA Executive Meeting
- 1st Vote of Thanks: The Speaker of Tonga Legislative Assembly, Lord Lasike
- 2rd Vote of Thanks: President of the Association, Rt. Hon. Chamal Rajapaksa
Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2012.