New Delhi, 5 January 2020 : An Indian Parliamentary Delegation led by Shri Om Birla, Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha, and consisting of Shri Harivansh, Hon’ble Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha and Smt. Snehlata Shrivastava, Secretary General, Lok Sabha will be attending the 25th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC) scheduled to be held from 5 to 11 January, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada.
The Opening Ceremony of the Conference will be held on Tuesday, 7 January, 2020. The Conference will have 4 Workshop Sessions and Special Plenary as per following:
Workshop 1: “Parliamentary Engagement: Openness, Transparency and Accountability”
Workshop 2: “Challenges and Opportunities Arising from the Displacement of a Parliamentary Assembly”
Workshop 3: “Parliamentarians as Effective Legislators and Constituency Representatives: Evolving Support Required
Workshop 4: “Security of Individuals in the Parliamentary Context and Beyond”
Special Plenary: “Inclusive Parliaments: The Role of the Speaker in Supporting Emerging Procedures and Practices Embracing the Changing Face and Needs of Parliament”
Shri Om Birla, Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha will be the Workshop Presenter in Workshop 4 on the topic “Security of Individuals in the Parliamentary Context and Beyond.” The Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha will also attend the meeting of CSPOC Standing committee to be held on 6 January, 2020.
The Special Plenary will be held on Thursday, 9 January, 2020 at 1030 hours on the topic “Inclusive Parliaments: The Role of the Speaker in Supporting Emerging Procedures and Practices Embracing the Changing Face and Needs of Parliament.” The delegates from Indian Parliament will also participate in the Special Plenary Session and other Workshops of the Conference.
During his stay, the Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha will have bilateral meetings with his counterparts in the Canadian Senate and House of Commons and other dignitaries. The Indian Parliamentary Delegation will also have meetings with Indian Diaspora in Ottawa and Toronto during the visit. The
CSPOC brings together the Speakers and Presiding Officers of the National Parliaments of independent Sovereign States of Commonwealth. It was created in 1969 as an initiative of the then Speaker of House of Commons of Canada. Since its inception, Canada has provided CSPOC with a Secretariat to support its activities.