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Speakers of Parliament gather in Accra for 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

Speakers of Parliament hailing from various Commonwealth nations have recently arrived in Ghana to participate in the 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, an event currently taking place in the capital city of Accra.

As of now, representatives from 27 Commonwealth countries have touched down in Accra, each accompanied by their respective delegations.

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Moreover, additional arrivals are anticipated in the lead-up to the official commencement of the 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference scheduled for Wednesday, October 4, 2023.

Upon their arrival at the Kotoka International Airport, these distinguished delegates were warmly greeted by the host Speaker, Mr. Alban Bagbin of Ghana, who also holds the prestigious position of President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

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In his welcoming address, Speaker Bagbin extended the assurance of Ghana’s enduring commitment to providing them with a genuinely enriching and memorable experience, steeped in the nation’s renowned hospitality.

The 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, which began on Saturday, September 30, 2023, is expected to end on Friday, 6th October, 2023, at the Accra International Conference Center.

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The conference is hosting Speakers and presiding officers, parliamentarians, clerk and parliamentary stakeholders from 56 national legislatures and 107 sub national branches of the commonwealth.

On Wednesday, October 4, the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is slated to deliver the keynote address, marking the official inauguration of the event. The conference is themed “The Commonwealth Charter, 10 years on, values and principles for Parliaments to uphold,” signifying its central focus on the enduring principles and values enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter.

This significant gathering provides member states with a crucial platform to address a wide array of pressing challenges faced by their respective populations, with particular emphasis on the global issue of terrorism, which demands collective attention and action.

During a press briefing held on Thursday, September 28, 2023, Speaker Alban Bagbin highlighted that the conference also serves as an exceptional opportunity for Ghana to showcase its vibrant culture and burgeoning tourism industry on the international stage. He urged the public to embrace this occasion as a chance to exhibit the nation’s renowned hospitality, enhancing the overall experience for all attendees throughout the conference’s duration.

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