Island to host big Commonwealth conference

Roger Phillips and Steve Rodan SHK

Roger Phillips and Steve Rodan SHK

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Dozens of VIPs from across the Commonwealth are to attend a conference in the Isle of Man in 2018.

The Isle of Man is to host the Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC), the Speaker of the House of Keys, the Steve Rodan SHK, confirmed today after returning from the 22nd CPSOC plenary in Wellington, New Zealand.

More than 50 Commonwealth Speakers and presiding officers were among the 180 delegates who attended the conference at Wellington’s Parliament Buildings between January 21 and 24.

Mr Rodan, who was accompanied by the Clerk of Tynwald Roger Phillips, said: ‘I am pleased that the conference accepted the offer extended by Madam President [Clare Christian] and me to hold the 2018 CSPOC plenary in the Isle of Man.

‘I am delighted that the conference has entrusted the Isle of Man to host this prestigious biennial event in 2018, the first time a nation as small as ours has been afforded the honour. Importantly, CSPOC 2018 presents a unique opportunity to showcase the island and the Manx parliamentary system to the world,

‘I look forward to joining with Madam President and Members of Tynwald in welcoming Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth “family” to our shores to further the valuable discussions and deepen the lasting relationships the CSPOC plenary encourages.’

More on this story in Tuesday’s Isle of Man Examiner.

Pictured: Speaker Steve Rodan SHK and the Clerk of Tynwald Roger Phillips are pictured in the Great Hall of the New Zealand Parliament

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