March Permanent Committee Sittings commence

The March 2020 Sitting of the Permanent Committees of the fifth Parliament of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) will take place in Midrand, South Africa from the 28th February to the 07th March.

Working under the African Union (AU) theme of 2020 “silencing the guns: creating conducive conditions for Africa’s development,” the Committees will among others, engage in depth on ratification, domestication and implementation of AU Legal Instruments including the promotion of the PAP Protocol.

The Sitting will also reinforce capacity of Parliamentarians to develop follow-up mechanisms to accelerate implementation of commitments by the Heads of State towards health, rights and development to reduce inequality by 2023.

PAP President, the Rt. Hon. Roger Nkodo DANG says Parliament is now in the right gear to deliver on its advisory and consultative role.

“We are therefore going to introduce in the programme; a dedicated workshop on the AU theme of the year which will see participation of nine Permanent Committees. This high-level dialogue is aimed at reinforcing MPs capacity to promote the African Union agenda at national level for efficient development and implementation of National Silencing the Guns Programs.”

The President says the March sitting will also endeavour to ensure completion of another set of model laws in 2020. In 2019, Parliament was able to complete two Model Laws whose development was the key input of the Permanent Committees with the support of the African non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

As part of the strategies to take Parliament to the Peoples of Africa and to raise visibility of the work of Parliament, the Permanent Committee on Transport, Industry, Communications, Energy and Technology will sit in Rabat, Morocco to interrogate intra-African trade as well as data protection and digital economy.

Pan-African Parliament is a legislative organ of the African Union. It is intended to give all African States a platform to take part in discussions and decision-making on the problems and challenges facing the continent. The Parliament has eleven Permanent Committees whose functions are aligned to those of the African Union Commissions.