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Speaker Willock leads VI delegation @ Parliamentary Conference in Uganda

Speaker of the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Julian Willock has led a Virgin Islands delegation to a Parliamentary Conference in Kampala, Uganda, on September 22 to 29, 2019. Photo: HoA
The Speaker was accompanied by Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development and Territorial Member, Honourable Sharie B. de Castro (left); Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull (right), Representative for the Second District and Honourable Julian Fraser RA, Representative for the Third District. Photo: HoA
The Speaker was accompanied by Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development and Territorial Member, Honourable Sharie B. de Castro (left); Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull (right), Representative for the Second District and Honourable Julian Fraser RA, Representative for the Third District. Photo: HoA
KAMPALA, Uganda - Speaker of the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Julian Willock led a Virgin Islands delegation to a Parliamentary Conference in Kampala, Uganda, on September 22 to 29, 2019.

The Speaker was accompanied by Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development and Territorial Member, Honourable Sharie B. de Castro; Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull, Representative for the Second District and Honourable Julian Fraser RA, Representative for the Third District. Also present at the conference were the Clerk of the House of Assembly, Mrs Phyllis Evans and Secretary to Speaker Willock, Ms June Smith-Bramble.

The event was part of the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) under the theme “Adaption, Engagement and Evolution of Parliaments in a Rapidly Changing Commonwealth."

VI Legislators present on Climate Change & Women's Leadership  

According to a release from the HoA, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) week-long conference began with the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Conference and continued with Plenary Sessions, the Executive Committee Meeting, workshops and then commenced with the Annual General Assembly. 

Honourable de Castro and Honourable Turnbull were selected to present at the Conference. Honourable Turnbull’s presentation was titled ‘Climate Change: Achievements, Challenges and Efficacy of Parliament Interventions’ and Hon de Castro’s presentation for the CWP was entitled ‘Promoting Women to Leadership Positions and Senior Portfolios’.

In her presentation, she said, “As women in politics our goal is to encourage innovation that embraces new ideas to age-old problems. To tackle the complex challenges, we must be realistic, we must face hard truths and we must devise new solutions.” 

'Honour & Privilage' - Speaker Willock 

Meanwhile, the Speaker in invited comments said, “It is an honour and a privilege to be among some 200 plus Speakers and other parliamentarians from the Commonwealth countries, and other jurisdictions as we compare notes and strive to modernise our parliaments to foster democratic practices.”

The Speaker noted he also had the opportunity to meet the Uganda President, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at a dinner for Speakers where he brought the President greetings from the House of Assembly and Premier Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1). 

The CPC is one of the largest gatherings of Commonwealth parliamentarians and is the flagship event that brings together over 500 Parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and decision-makers from across the Commonwealth for this networking opportunity and promotes its democratic deepening objectives through annual conferences, Parliamentary seminars and workshops as well as symposiums, publications and interparliamentary visits.

21 Responses to “Speaker Willock leads VI delegation @ Parliamentary Conference in Uganda”

  • clap clap (01/10/2019, 16:02) Like (12) Dislike (21) Reply
    Willock is we boy, make us proud.
  • Just For Laughs (01/10/2019, 16:04) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    Boy W, you home!
  • True (01/10/2019, 16:08) Like (34) Dislike (6) Reply
    would love to see how much was spent going to this on plane tickets alone? Why did this need 6 people???? $100k down the drain
  • pat (01/10/2019, 16:22) Like (8) Dislike (16) Reply
    At least I know he bright and could represent us
    • NB (02/10/2019, 12:33) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Obviously you aint bright enough to make a statement like that ….siddung
  • asking for a friend (01/10/2019, 16:28) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    I wonder if the esteemed and Mitch were search at the airport in Uganda?
  • ... (01/10/2019, 16:52) Like (7) Dislike (13) Reply
    He is a new speaker these trips help build a good net work and knowledge

    We support Hon speaker, it was balance as it had members from both sides
    • Opinion (02/10/2019, 06:33) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      That’s what they all like wherever I dreamed of going let the Government pay my way
  • bob m (01/10/2019, 18:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    As long as you a black man you an African
  • The Media (01/10/2019, 21:13) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where can I get copies of both Decastro and Turnbull speeches?
  • nonsense (01/10/2019, 21:21) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    I'm not seeing the deputy speaker on the list of attendees... Why ?
  • Uganada (01/10/2019, 23:04) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes, that's where he belongs, oppressive corrupt country
  • No confusion (02/10/2019, 05:33) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    Its a professional training / Conference for Parliament house speakers.. That is why the deputy speaker should have been there to receive this important training.. . He has to conduct business in the absence of the speaker..... 3 of those gone ain't got no reason been there...
  • lol (02/10/2019, 09:20) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    who was the host Idi Amin jr ???
  • Law Abiding citizen (02/10/2019, 11:17) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    He should stay there.
    • @ law abiding citizens (02/10/2019, 12:11) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      Hell no!!! he born here, he indigenous and one of we, hurry home esteemed and your delegation
  • NB (02/10/2019, 12:34) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Them better listen to him in silence...lol


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