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63rd COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE (CPC)


DHAKA, BANGLADESH
1-8 NOVEMBER 2017

THEME: Continuing to enhance high standards of performance of Parliamentarians.

DRAFT OUTLINE PROGRAMME (as at 18 September 2017)


(DAY 1)
WEDNESDAY
1 November
  Arrival of the CWP Steering Committee, Co-ordinating Committee Members, Small Branches Conference Delegates and Executive Committee Regional Advisors
(DAY 2)
THURSDAY
2 November
 Arrival of Executive Committee
CWP Steering Committee meeting and Small Branches Conference
00700 - 0920 Meeting of Regional Secretaries
Venue: TBA
00930 - 1300
Meeting: CWP Steering Committee
Venue: Radisson Blu (meeting room TBC)
CWP Steering Committee Group Photograph Venue: Radisson Blu (TBC)
Official Opening Ceremony of the 36th Small Branches Conference:
Venue: Utshab Banquet Hall, Ground floor, Radisson Blu (TBC)
Group Photograph: Utshab Banquet Hall, Radisson Blu (TBC)

Small Branches Conference <> Venue: Utshab Banquet Hall
1st Plenary:Critical Mass: Small Jurisdictions and big problems – Logistics and Infrastructure challenges to meet small jurisdiction expectations to achieve the same service levels as larger ones
1030 - 1045
Morning Tea/Coffee break
Venue: TBC
Morning Tea/Coffee break
Venue: TBC
0930 – 1730
Meeting: CWP Steering Committee
Venue: Radisson Blu ((meeting room TBC))
Meeting of Regional Secretaries
Venue: TBA

Small Branches Conference
Venue: Utshab Banquet Hall, Ground Level, Radisson Blu (TBC) 1st
Plenary:Critical Mass: Small Jurisdictions and big problems – Logistics and Infrastructure challenges to meet small jurisdiction expectations to achieve the same service levels as larger ones
1030 – 1045 Morning Tea/Coffee break
Venue: TBC
1300 – 1400 LUNCH
Venue: Radisson Blu, Restaurant
1400 - 1730
CWP Steering Committee meeting cont’d
Small Branches Conference cont’d
2ndPlenary: Parliamentary innovations in small jurisdictions in the face of financial and human resource challenges
1530 - 1545
Afternoon Tea/Coffee break
Venue: TBA
Afternoon Tea/Coffee break
Venue: TBA
1500-1730
Co-ordinating Committee Meeting followed Performance and Review Subcommittee meeting
Venue: Business Class Lounge Board room (8th floor), Radisson Blu (TBC)
Afternoon Tea/Coffee break
Venue: Outside Madhabi (TBC)
1730 CLOSE


(DAY 3)
FRIDAY
3 November
  Meetings: Executive Committee and Small Branches Conference
0900 – 1030


Meeting: Main Executive Committee Meeting
Venue: Mallika, Level 2, Radisson Blu (TBC)
Group Photograph: Utshab Banquet Hall,
Radisson Blu (TBC)
Small Branches Conference cont’d
Venue: Utshab Banquet Hall, Ground Level, Radisson Blu (TBC)
3rdPlenary:The role of Parliament in Combating Corruption
1030 – 1045 Morning Tea/Coffee break
Venue: Utshab Banquet Hall - Pre-function Area (TBC)
1045 - 1300
Finance Subcommittee MeetingVenue:
Mallika, Level 2, Radisson Blu (TBC)
Planning & Review Subcommittee Meeting
Venue: Madhabi, Level 2, Radisson Blu (TBC)
Small Branches Conference cont’d
Venue: Utshab Banquet Hall, Ground Level, Radisson Blu (TBC)
3rdPlenary: The role of Parliament in Combating Corruption
1300 - 1400 BUFFET LUNCH
Venue: Grand Ballroom (TBC)

1400 - 1730
Finance Subcommittee Meeting
Venue: Mallika, Level 2, Radisson Blu (TBC)
Planning & Review Subcommittee Meeting
Venue: Madhabi, Level 2, Radisson Blu (TBC)
Small Branches Conference cont’d
Venue: Utshab Banquet Hall, Ground Level, Radisson Blu (TBC)
4thPlenary: The role of Parliament in meeting the challenges of protecting territorial waters
1530 – 1545 Afternoon Tea/Coffee break
Venue: Mahua (TBC)
1730 CLOSE
1930 Dinner for Executive Committee Members, Small Branches Conference Delegates, CWP Steering Committee – hosted by Chairperson of the Executive Committee, Hon. Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh.
Venue: Radisson Blu (TBC)
(DAY 4)
SARTURDAY
4 November
  Arrival of all Delegates, Observers, Accompanying Persons and Society of Clerks-at-the-Table and other participants
0900 - 1300 Main Executive Committee Meeting cont’d
Venue: Mallika, Level 2, Radisson Blu (TBC)
0900 - 1230 Filming of promotional CWP video (TBC)
Venue: TBC

1030 - 1045 Morning Tea/Coffee
Venue: Mahua (TBC)

1300 - 1400 BUFFET LUNCH
Venue: Grand Ballroom, Lobby Level (TBC)
1400 - 1700 Main Executive Committee Meeting cont’d
Venue: Mallika, Level 2, Radisson Blu (TBC)

1530 - 1545 Afternoon Tea Coffee
Venue: Mahua (TBC)
1700 CLOSE
Dinner at respective hotels
(DAY 5)
SUNDAY
5 November
  Official Opening of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference
1030 - 1200 Official Opening of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference
Venue: South Plaza, Bangladesh Parliament

Official Photograph
Venue: Bangladesh Parliament (on the steps)

1200 – 1215 Movement of Members to Bangladesh International Conference Centre (BICC)
1215 – 1330 1st Plenary: Addresses by the Secretaries-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Commonwealth followed by a Question and Answer session
Venue: Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC)
1330 – 1430
BUFFET LUNCH
Venue: TBC
CPA Lecture (TBC)
Venue: TBC
1430 – 1530 Briefing for delegates, observers and secretaries followed by briefing for workshop moderators, discussion leaders, rapporteurs and session secretaries:
Venue:BangabandhuInternational Conference Centre

Briefing for spouses/partners accredited to the conference:
Venue:BangabandhuInternational Conference Centre
1530 – 1545 Afternoon Tea/Coffee
Venue: Pre-function Area, Level 16 TBC
1545 – 1730
Regional Group Meetings:
Venue: Bangabandhu International Conference Centre
1. Africa: TBC
2. Asia: TBC
3. Australia: TBC
4. British Islands and Mediterranean: TBC
5. Canada: TBC
6. Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic: TBC
7. India: TBC
8. Pacific: TBC
9. South-East Asia: TBC
1730 CLOSE
Dinner
1830 - 1930 CPA Secretary-General’s reception for Clerks, Secretaries to Delegations and their spouses/partners and Accompanying Officials (TBC – Venue must be near venue of Dinner hosted by the CPA President)
1930 - 2130 Dinner hosted by the Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh for ALL Participants
Venue: TBC
(DAY 6)
MONDAY
6 November
  Workshops A-H
0800 - 1045
CWP Business Meeting and Session
Venue:BICC (TBC)

Parallel session on gender equality and the role of male Parliamentarians (working title)
Venue:BICC (TBC)
1045 - 1100 Morning Tea/Coffee
Venue: BICC
1100 - 1330
Workshop A
Democracy must Deliver: Role of Parliament in addressing the challenges (Host Branch Topic)
Venue: BICC (TBC)


Workshop B
The role of Parliamentarians in building stronger ties within the Commonwealth: including new trade issues, visa issues, travel restrictions, non-tariff restrictions etc.
Venue: BICC (TBC)


Workshop C
Giving voice to the youth: Mechanisms for ensuring effective participation of youth in the governance process
Venue: BICC (TBC)


Workshop D
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s): How can CPA Members work with their own governments in ensuring that the SDG goals have a proper gender lens to ensure success in the areas of alleviating poverty and women’s empowerment? (Gender-related Topic)
Venue: BICC (TBC)



Meeting of Society of Clerks at-the-Table
Venue: BICC (TBC)
1330 - 1430 BUFFET LUNCH
Venue: BICC (TBC)
1400 - 1700
Workshop E
Critical Mass: Small jurisdictions and big problems -Logistics and infrastructure challenges (Small Branches Topic)
Venue: BICC

Workshop F
CPA Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures: Progress in the past 10 years
Venue: BICC

Workshop F
CPA Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures: Progress in the past 10 years
Venue: BICC

Workshop G
The Climate Change Debate: A challenge for the Commonwealth?
Venue: BICC

Workshop H
What factors fuel the rise of different kinds of nationalism?
Venue: BICC

Meeting of Society of Clerks at-the-Table
Venue: BICC


1530 – 1545 Afternoon Tea/Coffee
Venue: BICC (TBC)
1730 CLOSE
1800 – 1930 CPA Lecture (TBC)
Venue: TBC
Dinner
(DAY 7)
TUESDAY
7 November
  General Assembly and Election of Chairperson of the Executive Committee
0900 - 1300 General Assembly, Election of Chairperson of the Executive Committee
Venue: Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC)
1030 - 1045 Morning tea/Coffee
1300 - 1400 BUFFET LUNCH
Venue: Bangabandhu International Conference Centre room/area TBC
1400 - 1600
Final Plenary and Closing Ceremony including receiving of Plaques for retiring Officers and Executive Committee Members
Venue: Bangabandhu International Conference Centre
1430-1700: SOCATT Meeting
Venue: Bangabandhu International Conference Centre
1500 Refreshments
1600 - 1730 Meeting of the new Executive Committee
Venue: Bangabandhu International Conference Centre
1730 CLOSE
EVENING Farewell Dinner TBC
(DAY 8)
WEDNESDAY
08 November
  OPTIONAL TOUR ALL DAY DEPARTURES


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