Good governance, parliamentary procedure, and financial oversight are among the topics on the agenda this week as House of Assembly members undergo a post-election seminar conducted by the United Kingdom Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
The HOA is hosting the three-day event, which started yesterday, as a platform for sharing parliamentary experiences and fostering dialogue on the responsibilities of elected representatives, the House stated in a Tuesday press release. Speaker of the House Corine George-Massicote said the seminar is also an opportunity for parliamentarians to engage with peers from across the Commonwealth.
“This will allow us to collectively contribute to the betterment of governance and legislative practices within our territory,” she said. “We extend our heartfelt appreciation to CPA UK for their steadfast commitment to strengthening our parliamentary institution.”
The speaker explained that the seminar is a continuation of CPA UK’s ongoing engagement with the VI as part of its UK Overseas Territories Project.
This project, she said, has helped cultivate good governance and bolster oversight of public finances in the OTs.
Lilian Greenwood, a member of the UK Parliament, is leading the CPA UK delegation. Other delegates include Juan Watterson, the Speaker of the House of Keys in the Isle of Man; Joann Corkish, the deputy clerk of the Isle of Man legislature; and Turks and Caicos Islands parliamentarian Akierra Missick.
CPA UK’s mission is the “establishment of robust parliamentary relationships across the Commonwealth, overseas territories, devolved legislatures, and crown dependencies,” according to the HOA.