47th Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference 2016, Parliament of Tonga, Nukualofa, 11 – 14 July 2016
The Parliament of Tonga hosted the 47th annual Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference from 11-14 July 2016 at the Fa’onelua Conference Centre.
On the theme, “Navigating together the challenges for modern Parliament”, the conference brought over delegates from 10 National Parliaments across the Pacific to share experiences, debate and reflect, renew and strengthen their networks on way forward to address challenges in Parliaments.
The conference discusses and consults on the issues of good governance, transparency, accountability and democracy which point toward the tasks of protecting the independence of Parliaments, the Ombudsman and Supreme Court as well as the Presiding Officer.
Five (5) Members of Parliaments together with the Clerk and Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Samoa attended this year’s conference.
Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Cybercrime and Cybersecurity, Parliament of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 25 – 28 July 2018
On 25-28 July 2016, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) UK hosted a four-day regional workshop for Asia-Pacific parliamentarians at the Queensland Parliament in Brisbane, Australia. The workshop was the opening element of a series of regional workshops of the “Commonwealth Parliamentary Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Project”, run in partnership with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Commonwealth Secretariat, funded by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Three (3) Members of Parliament from the Samoan Legislative Assembly were present.
The conference seeks to strengthen parliamentarians’ awareness of cybercrime and cybersecurity threats, and in return promote the implementation of appropriate legislative, scrutiny and oversight mechanisms in their respective jusrisdictions.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Project on Cybercrime and Cybersecurity will continue with further regional workshops in the Caribbean and Africa. It will conclude with a National Security Conference in London on March 2017, at which the e-handbook on cybercrime and cybersecurity will be officially launched.