Parliamentarians meeting in CI

The 15th Biennial
Speakers/Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference begins today at the Legislative
Assembly Building.

The Cayman Islands Branch of the
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is hosting the meeting, which begins at
9am. Governor Duncan Taylor will open the conference, which covers the two-day
period of 4-5 April.

Participants will include presiding
officers/speakers and clerks from various regional branches of the CPA
including Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, Antigua &
Barbuda, BVI, Grenada and Bermuda. The conference affords the delegates the
opportunity to discuss the issues that affect their individual parliaments and
to share solutions and general information. 

Mary Lawrence, president of the
Executive Committee of the Cayman Islands Branch of the CPA stated: “It is our
distinct honour to host this important conference in the Cayman Islands and we
look forward to welcoming our guests and to the discussions which will take
place on a wide range of topics related to the continued development of the
important roles of Speakers/Presiding Officers and Clerks within the parliaments
of our region.”


  1. Perhaps Speaker Lawrence can use this opportunity to develop her theories about access to and reporting of legislative proceedings being a privilege which can be withdrawn or curtailed at her whim. Alternatively, maybe some of the other delegates can explain to her what democracy and accountability mean.