Speakers, parliamentarians and Clerks of parliaments from the Caribbean Legislative Assemblies including Belize have gathered in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, for the 44th Annual Conference of the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic (CAA) Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) that is being held under the theme “Globalization and Nationalism: Quo Vadis – Impacts on Commonwealth Parliaments”.
The conference is being held from 12th - 19th July 2019, and comprises of sub-meetings, namely: 12th Regional Conference of Women Parliamentarians (CWP); Regional Executive Committee Meeting; Annual General Meeting; 44th Plenary Conference; and 15th Regional Youth Parliament.
Representing the National Assembly of Belize at the conference is the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Laura Tucker Longsworth, the Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly, Mrs. Clarita Pech, and the CARICOM Youth Ambassador, Mr. Kris Miller.
Speakers and parliamentarians from 17 Caribbean countries are discussing the issue relating to migrants and refugees and if there is a need for a collective regional response, the issue of human rights and if our parliaments are fully accessible to persons with disabilities, and how relevant is the Westminster traditions in a modern parliament.
On 16th July, the Honorable Laura Tucker-Longsworth presided over the session that discussed the Committee System and the part-time parliamentarian. Other issues being discussed at the conference are digital disinformation: the challenges to parliaments and democracy and rethinking the Westminster Model of Governance: the need for a fundamental shift.