APP100-26 LONDON: November 26 - Mian Raza Rabbani, Chairman Senate of Pakistan in a group photo with Mr Joe Omorodion, Acting Secretary General, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and other officials of the CPA. APP

ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 (APP): Chairman Senate of Pakistan Mian Raza Rabbani Thursday visited the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Headquarters in London and held detailed discussion with Acting Secretary General, CPA Joe Omorodion on a wide range of issues of mutual interest.
On his arrival at the CPA Headquarters, the Chairman Senate was accorded a warm welcome by the Acting Secretary General, said a press release received here.
Joe Omorodion gave the Chairman a comprehensive briefing on the working, organizational structure, and aims and objectives of the CPA.
The Chairman was also apprised on the upcoming projects and activities of the Association, with special focus on South Asia.The Chairman Senate updated the Acting Secretary General on the activities of the Pakistan branch of CPA, the Secretariat of
which rotates between National Assembly and Senate on yearly basis-
currently the Secretariat being with the Senate.
The Chairman expressed satisfaction over the existing level of
cooperation between the CPA Headquarters and the Pakistan branch of
However, he underlined the need to further institutionalize
this cooperation through parliamentary exchanges, conferences and
seminars. In this regard, the Chairman proposed a regional
conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentarians in Islamabad to
learn more from each others’ experiences.
The Acting Secretary General welcomed this idea and assured to
work in partnership with Pakistan to organize this event.
He further said that the proposal of regional conference
greatly helped CPA’s objective of outreach.
Joe Omorodion acknowledged Pakistan’s meaningful engagement
with the CPA and said the CPA was encouraged by Pakistan’s
commitment to having firm association with it.
He also offered assistance in research to further improve the
effectiveness of Parliament of Pakistan.
The two sides expressed desire to forge even stronger
relations between the CPA Headquarters and the Pakistan branch of
CPA to benefit from each others’ expertise.