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Member of Parliament for North West St. Ann, Othneil Lawrence, has been elected Vice-President of the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA) for the Caribbean region.
Mr. Lawrence, who was named Jamaica’s representative to COPA in 2008, was elected a member of COPA’s Executive Committee and Vice-President for the Caribbean, at the 10th General Assembly, November 15 to 19, in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Delroy Chuck, making the announcement in the House of Representatives, commended Mr. Lawrence on his level of representation of the Jamaican Parliament at COPA’s assemblies.
President of COPA and Deputy Speaker of the Quebec national assembly, Canada, Jacques Chagnon, said that the appointment of Mr. Lawrence, the first Jamaican to be elected to COPA’s executive committee, will “greatly enrich” the organisation’s activities.
“I believe the leadership that Rep Lawrence has demonstrated will be of great help to the efforts to relaunch participation of Caribbean Parliaments in COPA,” Mr. Chagnon said.
Mr. Lawrence, who was elected to Jamaica’s House of Representatives for the first time in September, 2007, replaced Dr. Morais Guy, MP for Central St. Mary, following the change of government.
The next meeting of COPA executive committee is scheduled for March in Mexico. The next general meeting will be in Quebec next September.
The Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas is an organisation that brings together the congresses and parliamentary assemblies of the unitary, federal, federated and associated States, the regional parliaments and the interparliamentary organisations of the Americas. Some 36 regional assemblies and parliament are members.