Cameroon to Host Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference
Parliament in Cameroon has heightened preparations to host 800 delegates expected to attend the 60th edition of the annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, CPC, scheduled to hold at the Conference Centre in Yaounde, the Vice speaker of the National Assembly and Coordinator of the Organizing Committee of the event, Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka has told reporters.
Monjowa was speaking to journalists in a press conference at the National Assembly in Yaounde this Wednesday, September 24, 2014 barely one week to the event scheduled to run from October 02 to 10.
According to the Vice Speaker, they have held meetings with authorities of the Delegation of National Security and those in the Ministry of Defence, to make sure the delegates are secured during the eight-day event. She also said the Ministry of health has made available 50 nurses, ambulances and drivers for the conference. “We also have 17 medical doctors on stanby” noted Hon. Monjowa.
The delegates will come from some 53 member countries of the commonwealth. The conference will hold under the theme “Repositioning Commonwealth for the post-2015 Development Agenda”. Participants at the Yaounde conference shall highlight pertinent issues affecting the lives of persons in the commonwealth family.
They are expected discuss the role of parliament in promoting unity in diversity, evaluate the emergent content of the post-2015 development agenda against the standards set out in the Commonwealth Charter and how parliamentarians can join hands for women’s rights by empowering gender, amongst other important virtues of the organization pertaining to governance, transparency, accountability and sustainable development.
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, CWP, shall also be meeting on October 08, on the sidelines of the conference.
Hon. Monjowa Lifaka described the choice of Cameroon to host this event as “an undeniable diplomatic victory”. She said Cameroon stands to benefit a lot from hosting the event but declined to mention how much the event will cost the Cameroonian tax payer.
“Cameroon will showcase her rich culture” she said, adding that they have organized excursions to Limbe, Buea, Kribi and other areas with historical links to the Commonwealth.
Cameroon was voted host of the event in July 2011, during the annual conference in London. Cameroon was admitted as the 52nd member of the Commonwealth of Nations in 1995 during a summit in Auckland, New Zealand.
By Jude Fuhnwi