CPA Virtual Conference: The 4th Industrial Revolution

Dates: 5-9 July 2021

Location: Online

In 2021, the CPA celebrates its 110th Anniversary. As well as looking back at its evolution and achievements, this year provides a valuable opportunity for the CPA to look forward and consider how the Commonwealth, parliaments and democracy may evolve over the next 10, 50 and even 100 years.

The Anniversary will comprise of a number of activities, notably the Virtual Conference on the 4th Industrial Revolution held from 5-9 July 2021.

This Conference will imagine how the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’ might impact upon the lives of current and future generations within and across the Commonwealth and importantly, how will parliamentarians and parliaments stay ahead of the curve?

Will technological advancements provide viable solutions to current challenges, from ending global poverty, climate change and meeting the SDGs, to preventing future global pandemics. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for those in power to play closer attention to scientists, researchers, statisticians and innovators.

The sessions at the Conference will also encourage and advocate for parliaments to embrace innovation and change rather than being limited to acting as bastions of tradition and history. Parliaments will need to legislate, regulate and scrutinise complex and advanced technical changes in years to come, from the use of bioengineering to artificial intelligence as well as ensuring greater access to science and technology specialists.

The Conference will invite parliamentarians and parliamentary staff to join with industry leaders, innovators, experts and academics from the private, public and third sector in looking at the following topics, within the scope of good governance, COVID-19, sustainable development, human rights, democracy and gender:

  • What is the 4th Industrial Revolution?
  • Regulating Innovations at Speed and Scale
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Blockchain and Big Data
  • The 4th Industrial Revolution and Environmental Stewardship
  • Closing the Digital Divide Across the Commonwealth


Find out more

Further details of this event will be announced in due course. To register your interest in the event, please visit CPA HQ.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Mr James Pinnell at


05 Jul 2021


9:00 am

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 05 Jul 2021
  • Time: 4:00 am



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