Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin, on Thursday, February, 18, 2022, received the British High Commissioner, H.E. Harriet Thompson, for a courtesy call.
During the meeting, the Speaker explained to the delegation that the times in which Parliament finds itself, room must be created to explore and incorporate a bi-partisan approach, where experiences will be worth sharing.
The Ambassador wanted to understand Parliament’s perception of the various engagement with, and support for the institution.
The Speaker underlined the need for continuous support for Ghana’s Parliament in order to strengthen the institution in its work, and I believe this will allow for democracy to thrive in the West African sub-region only if Ghana’s democracy succeeds. With Ghana’s recognition as a bastion of democracy, if Ghana fails to live up to this, others would fail as well.
He said “There is a need for a mutually beneficial relationship between Ghana and the United Kingdom to ensure that the two countries support one another in their national agenda.
Indeed, Ghana’s Parliament remains committed to strengthening ties with the United Kingdom, which had existed since Independence. This commitment must transcend to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), whose mandate, in my opinion must be reviewed.”
He added “The CPA, must cease to exist as a charity organization and transition into an international diplomatic organization, to allow for economic diplomacy, strengthening of democracy and the promotion of fundamental human rights among member associations. Ultimately, this will create progressive links between member countries and the United Nations.”