Kingdom of Morocco hosts PAP Committees

The Parliament of the Kingdom of Morocco is currently hosting a joint sitting of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Permanent Committees on Trade, Customs and Immigration; and Transport, Industry, Communications, Energy and Technology from 27 February to 07 March 2020.

The meeting are being held as part of the March Sittings of the Permanent Committees of the fifth Parliament of PAP scheduled to take place at its seat in Midrand under the African Union theme of 2020; ‘Silencing the guns: creating conducive conditions for Africa’s development.

The delocalised joint sitting will among other things focus on ‘Intra-African Trade’ in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).’ The sitting will also hold a seminar on the protection of personal data and digital economy.

The opening of the Joint Sitting was graced by H.E. Habib El MALKI, Speaker of the House of Representatives; and H.E. Hakim BENCHAMACH, Speaker of the House of Councillors. African Parliamentarians are expected to be addressed by H.E. Albert M. MUCHANGA, African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry as well as members of the government of Morocco.

Representing the President of the PAP, Rt. Hon. Roger Nkodo DANG, Hon. Haidara Aichata CISSE, Second Vice President of the PAP and in charge of Parliamentary Diplomacy, expressed her gratitude to the Kingdom of Morocco for hosting this Joint Sitting in line with the PAP’s Bureau commitment to bring the Continental Parliament to the citizens of Africa to ensure that all regions have access to the representation of the peoples of Africa.

“The Kingdom of Morocco has already played a significant role in advancing the African agenda since its return to the African Union in 2017. The hosting of this Joint Sitting further demonstrates its commitment to accommodate the various institutions of the Union in their process of fulfilling their mandates on behalf of the peoples of Africa. The platform offered by Morocco will enable our parliamentarians to consult on critical issues including our role as legislators to facilitate the AfCFTA,” says Hon. CISSE.

The work of the committees will be chaired by Hon. Mc Henry VENAANI, Chairperson of the Committee on Trade; and Hon. Abdellatif ABDOUH, Chairperson of the Committee on Transport.