Preparations To Host Speakers and Presiding Officers Conference (CSPOC) In High Gear, Parliament Reveals

NEWS-Parliament expects ties to be strengthened during the upcoming Speakers and Presiding Officers Conference (CSPOC) when Parliaments in the Commonwealth hold bilateral and multilateral meetings in Uganda early January next year.

This was revealed during plenary on Tuesday of the 28th of November,2023 by the Bugweri County lawmaker, Abdu Katuntu, who also doubles as the Chairperson of the Coordination Committee.

Katuntu noted that the Parliament of Uganda will foster cooperation with other legislative assemblies, creating alliances and, in the end, strengthen diplomatic ties with those countries. He also revealed that 40 Speakers and Presiding Officers from 33 countries have confirmed their attendance in the 27th Conference from 3 to 6 January 2024, which Uganda will host at the Speke Resort, Munyonyo in Kampala. He further noted that CSPOC in general, enhances globalization with opportunities for cooperation in economics, public affairs, security and general parliamentary diplomacy.

The Kampala Central Division MP, Muhammad Nsereko, said hosting the conference is a show of confidence in Speaker, Annet Anita Among, but quickly called for improvement of various public infrastructure, which Government Chief Whip, Hamson Dennis Obua, said is in progress, noting that lights are currently being fixed in the Entebbe Expressway, adding that President Yoweri Museveni recently inspected the roads, Entebbe International Airport, as well as accommodation and conference facilities. CSPOC was created in 1969 as an initiative of the then Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons, Lucien Lamoureux, and its membership is restricted to the presiding officers of national assemblies of all independent sovereign states of the Commonwealth.