Representatives of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) of the Asian Region are meeting in Colombo with the prime aim of finding permanent solutions to many challenges in the region.
The 3rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Asia Regional Conference opened in Colombo today under the patronage of Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne. The Conference is directing attention several critical issues. These include climate change and natural disasters, poverty alleviation and mother and child. Speaking at the inaugural sessions, the Prime Minister underscored the need for concerted action regionally to surmount challenges confronting Commonwealth nations.
The Prime Minister told the gathering that the conference was being organized in Colombo after routing terrorism, which was the main challenge confronted by Sri Lanka. The country is now geared to become “Asia’s Miracle” under the guidance of the President. There are some critical sections to which attention had to be diverted to. Many countries are plagued by the adverse weather conditions. As a result the region will have to face a food crisis. As such, he said he considered that the topics that are to be discussed at the Conference are opportune. The Prime Minister underlined that as people’s representative they are vested with the responsibility of finding solution to the challenges they confront.
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, India’s Speaker Meira Kumar and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe were among the other speakers. The first Plenary session on Climate Change and sudden disaster commenced after the inauguration of the conference.