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VIEW FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL


THE CPA SECRETARIAT HEADQUARTERS


The constitution of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association provides for the establishment and running of its Secretariat at a place within the Commonwealth, as determined by the General Assembly. Historically, the CPA Headquarters Secretariat has been located in London, United Kingdom. It is located and hosted here because of two major reasons: 1) it is a registered charity in the United Kingdom; and 2) the Members have generally agreed that its office Headquarters be housed there, giving the Association a free rental accommodation for its activities and services, as has been generously offered by the UK House of Commons Estate. This accommodation arrangement could be interpreted as the UK House of Commons accommodating the CPA Headquarters Secretariat.


Every year the CPA Secretariat Headquarters is delighted to receive many visitors from among its


Dr William F. Shija Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association


Members. They include: Speakers and Presiding Officers, Clerks and parliamentary officials, programme partners and several others of diplomatic status. My staff and I take full advantage to brief our visitors on how we work, including the surprising disclosure that we are 13 staff members catering for the entire parliamentary community consisting of 52 Commonwealth countries, approximately 180 Branches in nine geographically spread out regions and of culturally diverse people. We are always glad to inform our Members that visit us, and through official communication, how we carefully expend the revenue through the membership fees they pay each year. Indeed, I feel exceptionally proud to have worked with finance and other staff to record a handsome level of reserves in the past seven years.


Furthermore, whenever we have visitors, or are holding a programme event, my staff and I are always happy to brief them on how we have streamlined and modernized


The Secretary-General’s


The CPA Secretary-General Dr William F. Shija (left) pictured with the Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan, Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari (right). Dr Shija is also pictured with...


150 | The Parliamentarian | 2014: Issue Three


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