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Dr Nafisa Shah to be Governor-General of 5th Commonwealth Youth Parliament

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Islamabad, December 04, 2012 (PPI-OT): Dr. Nafisa Shah, a leading Pakistani Parliamentarian will be setting the agenda of the 5th Commonwealth Youth Parliament as its Governor-General. Dr Nafisa Shah, MNA will be delivering the Governor-General’s speech from the Throne today i.e. December 4 to mark the beginning of proceedings of the 5th Youth Parliament, according to message received from London, UK. The speech will set out the legislative plans of the Youth Parliament’s governing party.

Dr NafIsa Shah is the Vice-President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association International Executive Committee and the Chairperson of the National Commission for Human Development in Pakistan.

Dr Shah will also meet with the Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee, Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst, MP, of the U.K. House of Commons, and Treasurer of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association International Secretariat Hon. Marwick Khumalo, MP, to discuss CPA policy issues during the conference.

The Commonwealth Youth Parliament brings together young people between the ages of 18 to 29 from all Commonwealth countries to experience parliamentary practice and procedure and discuss political affairs.

The 5th Commonwealth Youth Parliament is a joint event organized by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Secretariat and the CPA UK; a total of 58 participants in the age range of 18 to 29 years will take part, 29 female and 29 male delegates, to represent all regions of the CPA.

Delegates will take part in the discussions as Members of the Commonwealth, their constituencies being the countries they represent. Four of the delegates will be coming from Pakistan, representing the Pakistan Federal Branch and the Pakistan Punjab Branch. In the course of the four-day programme, delegates will be briefed on procedures such as Oral Questions and the committee system. They will debate in a Committee of the Whole a Bill on Youth Unemployment.

They will also debate 10-Minute Rule Bills and an opposition motion and participate in a mock news conference. All sessions will take place within the premises of the UK Parliament. Topics discussed include Youth Unemployment and possible policy solutions, such as incentives for the private sector to increase the number of apprenticeships.

Amongst others, the following speakers will share their experience and knowledge with the delegates: Baroness D’ Souza, the Lord Speaker; Rt Hon. John Bercow, MP, Speaker of the House of Commons; Rt Hon. Andrew Lansley, MP, Leader of the House of Commons; Ms Kerry McCarthy, MP, Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; Ms Helen Jones, MP, Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government; Rt Hon. David Hanson, MP, Shadow Minister for Policing; H.E. Gordon Campbell, High Commissioner for Canada and Mr David Beamish, Clerk of the Parliaments. Other Members and Clerks are also involved in the programme.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is composed of the Parliaments and Legislatures of the 54 Commonwealth nations and their overseas territories. It has a membership of close to 17,000 Members of national, state, provincial and territorial Assemblies.

For more information, contact:
Karamat Hussain Niazi
Secretary
National Assembly of Pakistan
Parliament House, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 922 1082 -83
Fax: +9251 922 1106

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