Mauritania pledges to ratify the PAP/Malabo Protocol

Mauritanian Leaders have re-affirmed government’s full support for the work of the Pan-African Parliament. The re-commitment was declared during the reception of the Pan-African Parliament delegation led by Hon. Bouras DJAMEL, Third Vice-President today.

PAP delegates are on a series of missions to unpack the PAP/Malabo Protocol in a bid to convince the African Union member states to give the continental Parliament; legitimacy it requires to function as a fully-fledged legislative body. The Vice-President had also took to Egypt with the same purpose last week.

The PAP delegation had audiences with the Mauritanian Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed as well as the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Mohamed Rzeizim. The authorities emphasized that the success of the African Continental Free Trade Area #AfCFTA depends on the instruments such the #PAP.

Entry-into-force of the Pan-African Parliament / Malabo Protocol requires at least 16 more African-Union (AU) Member States to complete the ratification process.

The three-step process starts with the signing, followed by ratification and sealed with depositing of Instruments at the African Union Commission. To date, the number of full ratifications stands at 12.

The delegation was made up of the Mauritanian Members of Parliament assigned to the Pan-African Parliament as well as the former Third Vice-President, Hon. Suelma Hay Emhamed El Kaid.

Having pledged to expedite the ratification process, the hosts also commended the Rt. Hon. Roger Nkodo DANG, President of the continental Parliament on his leadership and efforts towards the ratification of the PAP Protocol.