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Commonwealth MPs Sue For Development Goals 

By Kini Nsom
Members of the British chapter of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, CPA, who are currently visiting Cameroon, have expressed the wish to see countries achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals, MDGs that are expected to give a new lease of life to the entire humanity.
The Westminster MPs, who touched down at the Nsimalen Airport on June 14, are on a weeklong visit that will end with a press conference at the National Assembly on Friday June 19.

The six-man delegation is led by Hon. Joan Ryan. Others include Rt. Hon. Lord Bruce Grocott, Lord Nigel Jones of Cheltenham, Daniel Kawezynski, Mr. John Mann and Margaret Moran. Ms. Victoria Bower is Secretary of the delegation.

Speaking to the press shortly after an audience with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibril on June 15, Ms. Bower said their visit is to enable them exchange ideas on poverty reduction and the achievement of MDGs with their Cameroonian counterparts.

The visit will enable the British MPs to understand better the challenges their colleagues in Cameroon face. They have already begun exchanging ideas with their counterparts on the Unicameral system, work of committee with particular reference to public accounts, the working relations between political parties, constitutional issues and the integration of national and tribal laws.

The MPs are also debating on the responsibilities of an MP in Parliament and in the constituency. They will also dwell on the relationship between MPs and civil society organisations and the prosecution of gender and youth issues.

Moreover, the visiting MPs will examine Cameroon’s progress towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals, MDGs. That is why they are supposed to have had exchanges on the progress made on the poverty reduction strategy growth and job creation.
They debated on ways of reducing corruption, child and maternal mortality. They examined and made proposals on how to eradicate tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS and dysentery.

Cameroonian MPs also used the occasion to brief their visitors on trade issues between Cameroon and Nigeria and the European Union.
On Tuesday, June 16, the visiting MPs witnessed the children parliament at the Ngoa Ekelle Glass House that marked the commemoration of this year’s edition of the international year of the child.

The delegation also visited some members of government on Monday June 15 and had a working session with the CPA branch of Cameroon.
They travelled to Limbe and Buea on June 17. Upon return, they paid a courtesy call to the Prime Minister on June 18.
They will visit the Gynaeco-Obstetric and Paediatric Hospital and the Chantal Biya Foundation.

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