Speaker affirms commitment to Commonwealth values

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The Speaker of the lower chamber of Rwandan Parliament Donatille Mukabalisa has reaffirmed commitment to promoting the Commonwealth core values and urged Rwandan lawmakers to work together to forge the best way to promote them.

The Commonwealth core values include promoting human rights, international peace, rule of law, alleviation of poverty, equal rights, democracy and good governance among others.

Speaking at the opening of the sixth General Assembly of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)-Rwanda branch, on Thursday at Parliament in Kigali, Mukabalisa said Rwanda remains fully committed to implementing all those fundamental principles.

The Rwandan government also ensures good governance through transparency and accountability, she added.

As Rwanda prepares to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) next year, the role of parliament and CPA Rwanda branch is and will continue to be paramount in making the global gathering a success, she said.

CPA had a meeting with organizing team on how Rwandan parliament can play a visible role in the organization of CHOGM, according to the Speaker.

The General Assembly meanwhile welcomed 25 new members and elected new members of the CPA-Rwanda executive committee for a three-year term.

 The CPA-Rwanda is made up of parliamentarians in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.

The CPA connects, develops, promotes and supports parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and implementation of the enduring values of the Commonwealth.

The chairperson of the CPA Rwanda, Senator Marguerite Nyagahura, said CPA Rwanda would organize a pre-CHOGM conference to discuss CHOGM themes and give recommendations for considerations by the Heads of States.

Rwanda was admitted to the Commonwealth as its 54th member in 2009.

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