UAE Speaker to grace the PAP Ordinary Session

The second ordinary session of the fifth Parliament of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) will officially be opened at the seat of the Legislature at 08h30 at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, on Monday 6 May 2019.

The Plenary Session will also be graced by the attendance of the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, H.E Mrs. Lindiwe SISULU.

Rt. Hon. Dr. Amal Abdulla Al Qubaisi, President of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be the Parliament’s Guest of Honour and is expected to address the Plenary during the opening ceremony. In preparation for the May Session, African Ambassadors were briefed this morning by the Bureau of the PAP during the traditional engagement between the leadership of the continental Parliament and African Diplomats in South Africa.

This meeting was also the opportunity for thorough discussions on current issues facing African Union member states including an update on relief efforts in the aftermath of one of Southern Africa’s worst tropical disasters; and situations in Sudan and Libya among others.

Regarding PAP President, Rt. Hon. Roger NKODO DANG says the Bureau is delighted at the strengthening of ties between PAP and Parliaments of far more advanced states. He says it is an indication of the recognition of the good work the PAP is putting in for the people of Africa and a demonstration of a significant growth.

Further to strengthening relations, the UAE has pledged its willingness to support the PAP on technological advancement to enhance operations. Earlier this week, the UAE Ambassador to South Africa, H.E Mahash Saeed Alhameli paid a courtesy call on the President of PAP.

“It is gratifying that our progress on the African integration agenda commands the attention of the world. The UAE have also requested for observer status at the PAP. We will recall that PAP also granted Observer Status to the State of Palestine in 2017,” says Hon. Dang.

Following the opening of the session, Rt. Hon. Dr. Amal Abdulla Al Qubaisi will on Tuesday 7 May 2019, address the PAP Women’s Caucus which continues to make a significant contribution to improve the wellness and rights of women and children on the continent. 

The Session will among others, focus on peace and security on the continent, the report on the statelessness and citizenship in the continent and the model law on policing in Africa. Focus will also be on advancing the agenda of building viable and inclusive democracies in Africa as well as industrial development on the continent, whose foundation is the Continental Free Trade Area; the protocol whose entry into force is much awaited.