Parliamentary Gathering on the margins of the IX Summit of the Americas

Participation of the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago at the Parliamentary Gathering on the margins of the IX Summit of the Americas

June 6 and 7, 2022

From left: Sen. Anthony Vieira, Sen. Carolyn Trench-Sandiford, President of the Senate, Belize; His. Hon. Arthur Holder, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Parliament of Barbados; Sen. Natalie Campbell-Rodrigues, Vice-President of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality; Hon. Joseph Isaac, Speaker of the House of Assembly of Dominica; Hon. Bridgid Annisette- George, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; Hon. Claudius Francis, Speaker of the House of Assembly of the Parliament of St. Lucia

The Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago participated in the Parliamentary Gathering held on the occasion of the IX Summit of the Americas and hosted by the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) of the House of Representatives of the United States. The event took place in Los Angeles, United States, on June 6-7, 2022.

The delegation was led by Hon. Bridgid Annisette-George, MP, Speaker of the House and included Sen. Anthony Vieira, Independent Senator and Ms. Angelique Massiah, Parliamentary Legal Officer. Madam Speaker and Sen. Anthony serve as Vice President of ParlAmericas and the Vice President of ParlAmericas Climate Change Network for the Caribbean, respectively.

The Summit of the Americas brings together leaders from the countries of North, South, and Central America, and the Caribbean. The Summit, and its stakeholder forums, promote cooperation towards region-wide, inclusive economic growth and prosperity based on shared respect for democracy, fundamental freedoms, the dignity of labour, and free enterprise. Parliamentarians, Civil society organizations, representatives of indigenous communities, civic leaders, and business executives and young entrepreneurs also meet at each Summit, promoting dialogue and developing plans of action to address the challenges and opportunities facing the people of the Americas. Additionally, the Summit provides an excellent opportunity for networking and dialogue on matters such as hemispheric challenges, as well as opportunities including social inclusion, economic recovery, climate change, democracy, digital transformation, and democracy.

The theme for the Summit this year is “Building a sustainable, resilient and equitable future.” Based on a consultation process involving the host country and the governments and representatives of civil society and the private sector of the region, within the theme, five priority topics were identified to be addressed at the Summit. They are:

  • Strengthening Democratic Resilience to Combat Corruption
  • Application of Democratic Principles to Improve Green Energy Commitments
  • Trends in Digital Transformation to Promote Transparency and Counter Disinformation
  • Building Consensus to Support Inclusive Democratic Engagement
  • Democratic Resilience During Health Crises
  • Empowering and Enhancing Women’s Inclusion in Parliament