PAP embraces the Strategic Plan 2019-2023

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has welcomed a Strategic Plan 2019-2023 unpacked by Consultant Dr. Ahmed SIDAHMED and deliberated by the Plenary at the just ended PAP third Ordinary Session of the fifth Parliament in Midrand, South Africa.

The Strategic Plan 2019-2023 aims at strengthening parliamentary functions of the PAP, strengthening partnership, coordination, outreach and institutionalise capacity of the PAP, promoting Human Rights and shared values of the African Union (AU) and strengthening Research, Learning and Sharing, Knowledge Management, Communication and Advocacy of PAP.

Dr. Sidahmed also briefed MPs on issues that include evaluation of immediate past Strategic Plan, the drivers for Strategic plan 2019-2023, theory of change, the logic and structure of the Strategic Plan, implementation arrangements and the financing of the Strategic Plan.

He underscored that the continental legislative body has made some positive strides in strengthening parliamentary legislative functions of the PAP, providing a platform to mainstream African voices and those in the Diaspora into the AU Policy Making Processes, promotion of human rights, democracy and good governance in Africa, promotion of peace, security and stability, promotion of integration and development in Africa and strengthening the institutional capacities in the PAP.

However, Dr Sidahmed noted that there are challenges that affect PAP which include the quest for full legislative powers and inadequate budget which negatively impacts on the work of the Permanent Committees,” he said.

His assessment also led to conclusion that “there is lack of autonomy over African Union (AU) budget which limits PAP’s oversight role, inability to independently observe elections in Africa, slow ratification and domestication of PAP Protocol, AU Human Rights and other AU Legal instruments and a problem of attribution whereby PAP cannot directly or independently implement activities.

It also brought to the fore that there are also no mechanisms to ensure sustainability of benefits from the implementation of the immediate past Strategic Plan and expressed concern on low PAP visibility which contributes to slow ratification of the revised Protocol.

The Consultant recommended that PAP establishes measures for a speedy ratification of the revised protocol, maintain functional, effective knowledge management, communication, documentation and reporting to enhance the visibility of the PAP, enhance greater collaboration of PAP and synergies with AUC departments, strengthen PAP’s Monitoring and Evaluation System to support the development of the new strategic plans and to develop a Resource Mobilisation Strategy to reduce the financial gaps with the aim of making PAP self-sufficient and independent to fully undertake its oversight responsibilities.

Dr. Sidahmed also disclosed that the implementation of the Strategic Plan would be through the internal governance structure of the PAP which comprises the Plenary, Bureau, Regional Caucuses, Permanent Standing Committees and the Secretariat.