Head of State: President Dame Sandra Mason
Joined the Commonwealth: 1966
Capital City (location of Parliament): Bridgetown
Unicameral/Bicameral: Bicameral - House of Assembly (30) and Senate (21)
CPA UK and Barbados
CPA UK and the Parliament of Barbados have a good relationship. In February 2020, a CPA UK parliamentary delegation visited the Parliament of Barbados. The visit looked at international trade, regional security, climate change and disaster resilience.
Parliamentarians from Barbados have engaged with CPA UK through multilateral conferences and projects such as CPA UK's Annual Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure, and the Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees (CAPAC). In January 2020, CPA UK hosted the CAPAC Caribbean Regional Workshop in Trinidad and Tobago, which focused on areas such as: what makes an effective PAC, preparing for inquiries, and the delivery and results of PAC inquiries.
In 2016, parliamentarians from Barbados engaged with CPA UK through the International Parliamentary Project on Sustainability, Energy and Development. The project involved parliamentarians from the Caribbean and Americas in a Regional Workshop hosted in Port of Spain and a Commonwealth-wide conference in London in March 2016 focusing on parliamentarians' role in oversight of energy and the implementation of the SDGs.
Our Recent Programmes
Westminster Seminar on Evolving Parliaments 2022, UK Parliament & Virtual, 14-18 March 2022
CPA UK hosted the Westminster Seminar, our flagship peer-to-peer learning programme for parliamentarians and clerks from across the Commonwealth.
We celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Westminster Seminar, a series focused on parliamentary procedure and practice that started in 1952. To encourage greater inclusivity, this was the first Westminster Seminar in its long history to be in a hybrid format. We were delighted to once again be welcoming delegates back to Westminster and made provisions for virtual participation.
Caribbean Clerks Programme, Virtual, 11-12 January 2022
CPA UK hosted our annual Caribbean Clerks programme on Zoom. This two-day programme brought together clerks from the UK and Caribbean region to share experiences and good practices.
The programme was designed to address regional-specific needs, following consultation with Caribbean legislatures. Speakers from across the Caribbean and the UK contributed their experience and practices in a peer-to-peer learning format.
CPA UK Delegation to Barbados and Grenada, Bridgetown and St George's, 17-21 February 2020
A six-member Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) cross-party delegation of members and officials from the UK Houses of Parliament, visited Barbados and Grenada. programme of meetings and visits addressed topical issues such as international trade, security, climate change and disaster resilience. Read more here.
CAPAC Caribbean Regional Workshop, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, 21-23 January 2020
The CAPAC Caribbean Regional Workshop was attended by 31 Chairs, Members and Clerks from 11 Commonwealth Public Accounts Committees in the region. Participating PACs joined from Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands. Delegates exchanged good practice for financial scrutiny and oversight and collaborated to find approaches to shared challenges. The workshop formed part of CPA UK's work in the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D). Please click here for more information on the programme.
Caribbean Regional Workshop on Sustainability, Energy and Development, Port of Spain, 7-10 December 2015
CPA UK, working in partnership with the Parliament of Trinidad & Tobago delivered the Caribbean Regional Workshop on Energy, Sustainability & Development for Caribbean and UK parliamentarians.
The Workshop was one of three regional workshops to be delivered by CPA UK with UNDP as part of an International Parliamentary Project (IPP) following the adoption of the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) by the international community.