The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association began its 20th conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Friday (6 September) with 250 delegates from 30 countries at the inaugural ceremonies.
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Background: The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association began its 20th conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Friday (6 September) with 250 delegates from 30 countries at the inaugural ceremonies. The President, Mr.William Gopallawa, performed the opening.
The conference is being held at a glittering marble-and-glass conference centre built by The People's Republic of China in memory of the late Prime Minister, Mr. Solomon Dias Bandaranaike who was assassinated by a Buddhist monk in 1959.
The acting Prime Minister, Maitripala Senanayake, deputising for Prime Minister Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, who is on a visit to Pakistan, urged delegates to devote their energies to solving global food crises. He called for the setting up of a world fertiliser fund.
In his opening speech, President Gopallawa spoke about democracy. He said it was not without its own limitations, especially in the context of a developing economy. The solution seemed to be not to discard the system for that reason, but to adapt and fashion its institutions and processes.
SYNOPSIS: In Sri Lanka, two hundred and fifty delegates from thirty nations have gathered for??? twentieth Commonwealth Parliaments Association Conference. On Friday they travelled to the marble and glass conference centre built by The People's Republic of China in memory of Prime Minister Solomon Dias Bandaranaike who was assassinated in nineteen fifty nine.
The official opening was performed by the President, Mr. William Gopallawa.
The main item on the agenda for discussion a proposal by Sri Lanka to set up a World Fertiliser Fund to counter continuing world food crises. Among other items to be discussed are a Commonwealth Education Plan and the movement of skilled men from poorer to richer nations. President Gopallawa spoke of these during his opening address.