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As of 1989, the CPA acknowledges as Patron – the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – and as Vice-Patron, by rotation Heads of State or Heads of Government of the Commonwealth national government hosting its upcoming annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. The Association's supreme authority is the General Assembly, constituted by delegates to the annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. The business and activities of the CPA are managed by an Executive Committee, which reports to the General Assembly. The CPA's funds are derived from membership fees paid by its branches, as well as from two trust funds and benefactors.
The official publication of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is The Parliamentarian, the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments which was first published in 1919. The organisation administers the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), a network across the Commonwealth which promotes greater representation for women in Parliament, the CPA Small Branches network, representing parliaments and legislatures with populations below 500,000 people, and the Commonwealth Youth Parliament, an annual gathering of young people hosted by a Commonwealth Parliament.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) currently has approximately 180 branches and is divided into nine regions – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Canada; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; India; Pacific, and South-East Asia. The CPA Headquarters Secretariat is based in London.
The CPA was founded as the Empire Parliamentary Association in 1911, with its first branches being Australia, Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom, the latter branch administering the Association as a whole. In 1948 the Association changed its name to the current Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and invited all branches to participate in the organisation's administration.
The current Chair of the CPA Executive Committee is Hon. Emilia Lifaka MP, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon. Previous Chairpersons have included Hon. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Speaker of Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban of Bangladesh (2014-2017), who succeeded Rt Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst MP (2011 – 2014), formerly Chairman of Ways and Means of the UK Parliament.
The current Chairperson for Small Branches is Hon. Angelo Farrugia, MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Malta in the Parliament of Malta. The Small Branches Chairperson is a new Officer position within the CPA from December 2016.
The CPA's 7th Secretary-General is Mr Akbar Khan.
Previous Secretaries-General have been: Dr. William F. Shija, former Minister Tanzania Parliament (2007 – 2014); Hon. Denis Marshall, former Minister New Zealand Parliament (2002 – 2006); Hon. Arthur Donahoe, former Speaker Nova Scotia House of Assembly (1993 – 2001); Hon. Dr. David Tonkin, former Premier South Australia (1986 – 1992); Sir Robin Vandervelt from South Africa (1961 – 1985); Sir Howard d’Egville (1949 - 1960).
|Members||National and Sub-National Parliaments|
|Alderney||States of Alderney|
|Anguilla||Parliament of Anguilla|
|Antigua and Barbuda|
|The Bahamas||Parliament of the Bahamas|
|Bangladesh||Parliament of Bangladesh|
|Barbados||Parliament of Barbados|
|Belize||Parliament of Belize|
|Bermuda||Parliament of Bermuda|
|Botswana||Parliament of Botswana|
|British Virgin Islands||House of Assembly of the British Virgin Islands|
|Cameroon||National Assembly of Cameroon|
|Cayman Islands||Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands|
|Cook Islands||Parliament of the Cook Islands|
|Cyprus||House of Representatives of Cyprus|
|Dominica||House of Assembly of Dominica|
|Falkland Islands||Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands|
|Fiji||Parliament of Fiji|
|Ghana||Parliament of Ghana|
|Grenada||Parliament of Grenada|
|Guernsey||States of Guernsey|
|Guyana||National Assembly of Guyana|
|Isle of Man||High Court of Tynwald|
|Jamaica||Parliament of Jamaica|
|Jersey||States of Jersey|
|Kenya||Parliament of Kenya|
|Kiribati||House of Assembly (Kiribati)|
|Lesotho||Parliament of Lesotho|
|Malawi||Parliament of Malawi|
|Malta||Parliament of Malta|
|Mauritius||Parliament of Mauritius|
|Montserrat||Legislative Assembly of Montserrat|
|Mozambique||Parliament of Mozambique|
|Namibia||Parliament of Namibia|
|Nauru||Parliament of Nauru|
|New Zealand||Parliament of New Zealand|
|Papua New Guinea|
|Rwanda||Parliament of Rwanda|
|Samoa||Legislative Assembly of Samoa|
|Seychelles||Parliament of Seychelles|
|Sierra Leone||Parliament of Sierra Leone|
|Singapore||Parliament of Singapore|
|Solomon Islands||National Parliament of the Solomon Islands|
|Sri Lanka||Parliament of Sri Lanka|
|Saint Helena||Legislative Council of Saint Helena|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis. Also known as Saint Christopher and Nevis.|
|Saint Lucia||Parliament of Saint Lucia|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||House of Assembly of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Swaziland||Parliament of Swaziland|
|Tonga||Legislative Assembly of Tonga|
|Trinidad and Tobago|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||Turks and Caicos Islands House of Assembly|
|Tuvalu||Parliament of Tuvalu|
|Uganda||Parliament of Uganda|
|Vanuatu||Parliament of Vanuatu|
|Zambia||Parliament of Zambia|
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