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The CPA is an Association of Commonwealth Parliamentarians who, irrespective of gender, race, religion or culture, are united by community of interest, respect for the rule of law and individual rights and freedoms, and by pursuit of the positive ideals of parliamentary democracy.

The Association’s mission is to promote the advancement of parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance. It seeks to build an informed parliamentary community able to deepen the Commonwealth’s democratic commitment and to further co-operation among its Parliaments and Legislatures. This mission is achieved through a Strategic Plan which ensures CPA activities continue to meet the changing needs of today’s Parliamentarians.

CPA programmes provide the sole means of regular consultation among Commonwealth Members, fostering co-operation and understanding and promoting the study of and respect for good parliamentary practice. This role is endorsed by Commonwealth Parliaments and Heads of Government. In 2003, governments bound themselves to an underlying set of Commonwealth principles based on a CPA initiative with legal professionals to define the proper relationships between the arms of government.

The Secretary-General of the Association is Dr William F Shija. The CPA Headquarters Secretariat is situated in London, UK.

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The Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands applied to become an Associate Member of the CPA in 1964 and was successful.

The Branch became a full member in 1977. Its affairs are administered by an Executive Committee and the Branch is governed by its own Rules.

Last Updated: 2009-09-07