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NRI industrialist Lord Paul declared himself a candidate for Chairman of the CPA

London, July 27, 2008
Sirinder Mehta

NRI, Lord (Swraj) Paul, Chairman of Caparo Group, is a leading businessman and an active member of the House of Lords, declared himself a candidate for Chairman of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) at Kuala Lumpur on August 9. His opponant will be Malaysian Minister, Mohammed Shafie Apdal, at the General Assembly of the 54-nation's participation. His name was proposed by UK and Canada.

In the General Assembly, there will be around 680 lawmakers from the Commonwealth countries.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)'s mission is to promote the advancement of parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance.

This mission is achieved through a Strategic Plan covering six areas- Commonwealth fundamental principles; The functional independence of Parliament; Professional development seminars and workshops; Networking through conferences; Technical assistance to individual Parliaments, and Specialist information for a specialist community.

There are 169 CPA Branches on the bases of national, state, provincial and territorial Parliaments and total membership around 16,000 Parliamentarians.

Active CPA Branches now exist in 169 national, state, provincial and territorial Parliaments, with a total membership of approximately 16,000 Parliamentarians.



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