Tuesday 12th January, 2010
Speaker Herminie Attends 20th CSPOC in India
Speakers and Presiding Officers – including the Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Dr. Patrick Herminie – from 26 commonwealth countries, attended the 20th Speaker’s Conference (CSPOC) held in New Delhi, India recently. Speaker Herminie was accompanied by the Clerk to the National Assembly Ms. Veronique Bresson.
The programme of the conference took place over five days from the 4th to the 8th January during which the Participants attended workshops and regional caucus meetings, and participated in plenary discussions where they shared experiences pertaining to their role, responsibilities and duties as Presiding Officers.
The conference also discussed; the Speaker’s role as a mediator; the use of technology in parliamentary context; and the role of Speaker in the administration of parliament.
The 20th conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in attendance were the Hon. Speaker of Lok Sabha Smt. Meira Kumar who also delivered the welcome address, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Hon. Sylvia Heal also addressed the conference.
In welcoming such meetings, Speaker Herminie said “Such conferences assume even greater importance now that the roles of Speaker are increasingly coming under scrutiny and more focused. Such sharing of experiences among Speakers of the Commonwealth will lead to greater harmonization, a prerequisite if our own National Assembly is to meet the challenges of changing times and permit freely the expression of divergent views.”
CSPOC conference assumes a great deal of importance as it provides a platform to the Speakers and Presiding Officers of the National Parliaments of Commonwealth countries to discuss and share experiences among themselves and to learn best practices from one another.
The conference was being hosted by India for the third times.
For more details contact:
Ms. Shelda Commettant
PR, Communication & Protocol