PAP May 2016 Session ends with seven resolutions and four recommendations
12 May 2016, Midrand, South Africa – The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) concluded its second ordinary session on 12 May 2016 with the adoption of seven (7) draft resolutions and six (6) draft recommendations during its final plenary sitting.
Amongst the decisions taken was to hold the next ordinary session in another member state of the African Union (AU).
It was proposed and adopted that the PAP would establish focal points responsible for issues relating to women within the Parliament’s structures, including the Bureau, Caucus, Committees and Secretariat. As part of this decision, the PAP will increase awareness of gender issues and advocate for the reduction of gender gaps.
The PAP would also establish a New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) focal point to ensure linkages, coordination and synergies between the Parliament’s committees and the AU’s technical body, NEPAD.
A climate change resolution concluded that the PAP would develop a concrete work plan for the annual participation of the Committee on Rural Economy, Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources at COP22. PAP will mobilise adequate financial resources to secure the participation in global annual climate change meetings and harmonise the participation of AU organs in future COP summits.
Some recommendations included the adoption of the AU budget for the financial year 2017, and the speedy resolution of the conflict in Burundi by the United Nations, AU and international community, specifically by stimulating dialogue between stakeholders.
The PAP further recommended and adopted the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA), the support for the apprenticeship and exchange of practical skills for continental e-governance, and the strengthening of women’s rights to land access.
PAP’s President Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang congratulated the Hon. Safia Elmi Djibril for her election as Vice President, as well as parliamentarians who have been elected into permanent committees or caucuses.
President Nkodo Dang thanked all parties involved to make this ordinary session a success, including guest appearances, ministers who gratified the PAP with messages of solidary, the South African Government, the African Union and the 120 parliamentarians who attended.
“Debates were lively and many issues were raised. Parliamentarians showed their passion to the issues we face in Africa. The raising of these issues will help us to find solutions for these challenges” said President Nkodo Dang.
“Parliamentarians are an essential link of the PAP. Without you the ambitions of the PAP can’t be realised, and that’s why your inputs will always be welcome. I look forward to see you at the next session,” he concluded.