PAP partners with Academy of Science of South Africa


The Pan African Parliament (PAP) and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which is meant for the two parties to collaborate in ensuring that policies are science evidence-based.

The Pan-African Parliament says the move was inspired by its commitment to achieve all goals driven by the African Union through the Agenda 2063. According to the ASSAf, Science in its three forms being; natural, social and humanities, has potential to transform the continent into a knowledge economy.

This venture is hoped to facilitate effective policy and law-making through the use of the abundance and wide pool of capable Legislators and top scientists across Africa.

The partnership was sealed by the PAP President, the Rt. Hon. Roger Nkodo DANG and ASSAf Executive Officer, Prof. Himla SOODYALL in Midrand.

“We appreciate existing challenges, but it is our duty to ensure that all goals are achieved for a better Africa. We are excited to pull together with institutions delivering on their mandate to enhance the growth of Africa,” said the PAP President.

“Working together through studies, policy engagement and other activities, we will influence policy towards ‘the Africa we want,’ said ASSAf Executive Officer, Prof. Himla SOODYALL, speaking on behalf of the ASSAf President, Prof. Jonathan JANSEN.

The two bodies have spoken in one voice to request African states to support science education, endeavor to apply evidence-based science to inform policy and law-making as well as to support existing science academies.