From the 23-25th November 2020, CPA UK hosted the 69th Westminster Seminar, its flagship capacity building event. The Westminster Seminar brings together parliamentarians and parliamentary staff from across the Commonwealth to engage in peer to peer learning.
This year the Seminar was the first ever to take place virtually and focused on the theme “Preparing Parliamentarians for a Changing World”. With parliaments adapting to COVID19 restrictions, the Seminar offered delegates a chance to consider how the pandemic has created challenges as well as opportunities for strengthening democracy.
CPA UK welcomed 151 delegates from every Commonwealth region, with 39 speakers (from the UK, The Gambia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Mauritius, Trinidad and Tobago, the Maldives, Barbados, Pakistan, Jamaica, and the Turks and Caicos Islands) sharing their expertise. The range of speakers enabled delegates to draw on differing approaches to parliamentary democracy from across the Commonwealth.
The three-day programme included speeches, training, and interactive sessions. Delegates also took the opportunity to participate in live polls, chat discussions, and networking sessions on the virtual platform.