PAP joins stakeholders in shaping Parliamentary Oversight and the African Continental Free Trade Area

Hon. Alex Chersia GRANT, Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Trade, Customs and Immigration Matters represented PAP in a panel discussion on APNODE, Parliamentary Oversight and the African Continental Free Trade Area at the 5th annual General Meeting (AGM) of the African Parliamentary Network on Development Evaluation from 28 to 30 2019 in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire.

#APNODE is a network of African Parliamentarians and development Partners promoting the use of evaluation in national decision making to support development effectiveness and inclusive growth.

Held under the theme “Shaping the Africa We Seek: The Vital Role of Parliamentarians in Evaluation Capacity Development,” the meeting highlights the efforts of African Parliamentarians in their role as catalysts of change and drivers of an evaluation culture in Africa. The forum encourages parliamentarians to work towards institutionalizing evaluation to inform evidence-based decision and policy-making.

The Panel discussion commended the efforts made in the adoption following the ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Area (#AfCFTA), especially Pan-African Parliament and the various Parliaments. They noted the enormous benefits available to Africans with the implementation of the AfCFTA.

Parliamentarians noted that AfCFTA comes with both rights and obligations. However, certain concerns which needs to be addressed by states include political will and colonial influences, economic and infrastructural challenges.

Legislators resolved that key to be addressed as a matter of urgency, are language barriers, stakeholder consultations, institutional, capacity and regulatory challenges.

The Pan-African Parliament has committed to continued promotion of the ratification of the agreement and other protocols.