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A six-member CPA UK delegation involving UK parliamentarians and officials visited Freetown to deliver a committee scrutiny workshop for the Members and Clerks of the Parliament of Sierra Leone from 17-19 September. The workshop, organised in partnership with the Parliament of Sierra Leone, aimed to enhance the skills of parliamentarians and clerks to conduct efficient committee inquiries.
In addition to the workshop, the CPA UK delegation met key parliamentary stakeholders, officials and leading civil society members during their visit.
Kate Osamor MP, Delegation Leader, said:
“It was an incredible experience to visit Sierra Leone. It was my first visit and I learned a lot from its democratic institutions. The delegation enjoyed meeting with the Members of Sierra Leone Parliament, and I hope our valued relationship with the Parliament will be further strengthened by this visit.’’
CPA UK delegation included:
- Kate Osamor MP, UK Parliament
- Ivan Lewis MP, UK Parliament
- Lord Foster of Bath, UK Parliament
- Alex Knight, Senior Economist, UK Parliament
- Yash Chandra, Africa Regional Programme Manager, CPA UK
- Fleur ten Hacken, Programme Manager, CPA UK
CPA UK and Sierra Leone
CPA UK and the Parliament of Sierra Leone have fostered a strong relationship in the past few years. CPA UK has closely worked with the Parliament of Sierra Leone since 2012, through several capacity building training programmes for both Members and staff in Freetown as well as in Westminster, covering issues like parliamentary practice and procedure, oversight scrutiny, legislative scrutiny, and committee management. Following the general elections in March 2018, CPA UK organised a Post-Election Seminar for newly elected MPs, which was attended by more than 50 Sierra Leone MPs and three UK Parliamentarians. This engagement was followed by a programme for the Clerk in December 2018 which focussed on key issues like the role of the Clerk of Parliament, the practical management of the Clerk’s office, stakeholder management and the implementation of the strategy.
About CPA UK
CPA UK supports and strengthens parliamentary democracy throughout the Commonwealth. It focuses on key issues including women in parliament, modern slavery, financial oversight, security and trade.
Peer to peer learning is central to the way CPA UK works. CPA UK brings together UK and Commonwealth parliamentarians and officials, to share knowledge and learn from each other. It aims to improve parliamentary oversight, scrutiny and representation. CPA UK is located in, and funded by, the UK Parliament.