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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Delroy Chuck, will lead a four-person delegation to the 55th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference and General Assembly, to be held in Arusha, Tanzania, from September 28 to October 6.
The conference, which is the largest conference hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), will be held under the theme: ‘The Commonwealth and the CPA: Meeting Future Global Challenges’. The Jamaican delegation will meet with representatives from all Commonwealth nations to discuss issues, such as the global financial crisis, political and social conflicts, and climate change.
Delegates will hear addresses from the Commonwealth Secretary-General, His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma; CPA Secretary-General, Dr. William F. Shija, and President of Tanzania, His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.
The conference will also feature presentations from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank Institute.
Mr. Chuck will be one of the lead speakers for the plenary session to discuss the topic: ‘Can Trade Liberalisation Benefit the Commonwealth in the Current Economic Climate?’
Accompanying the Speaker will be Member of Parliament for North West St. Andrew, Mr. Derrick Smith; Member of Parliament for East St. Thomas, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, and Deputy Clerk, Ms. Valrie Curtis, who will serve as Secretary to the Delegation.

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