Issues relating to Southern Africa form a major part of the agenda of the 22nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference which opened in Mauritius on Wednesday (22 September).
Issues relating to Southern Africa form a major part of the agenda of the 22nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference which opened in Mauritius on Wednesday (22 September). Other subject being discussed include oceans as zones of peace, with special reference to the Indian Ocean, as well as the current world situation and threats to peace.
SYNOPSIS: The Conference is being held at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in the rural setting of Reduit, famous for its panoramic views. A colourful part of the opening ceremonies was the inspection of a guard of honour by Governor-General Sir. Maurice Latour-Adrien. So far, Tanzania has proposed a debate on developments in southern Africa, especially Rhodesia and South Africa. Britain has also proposed discussion on 'challenges to parliament in modern economic and social conditions'. The conference has brought together 200 parliamentarians from the Commonwealth under the chairmanship of Sir. Radhamohun Gujadhur, Deputy Speaker of the Mauritian Legislative Assembly. A feature of the opening session was an address by the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Sir. Seewwosagur Ramgoolam. Sir. Seewoosagur welcomed delegates from the newly-independent Seychelles and then launched into the main body of his speech.