Meeting Interparliamentary Delegation DPAP and PAP Bureau


1. Introduction

The Chair of the EP-PAP Delegation Hon. Michael GAHLER thanked the Bureau for agreeing to meet with the European Delegation. on Gahler introduced members of his delegation as follows:

  • M. Gahler- Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Pan-African Parliament, Member of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, of the Sub-Committee on Security and Defence and of the Delegation for relations with South Africa.
  • György HÖLVÉNYI (EPP, HU), Member of the European Parliament Committee on Development, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, the Delegation to the EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee.
  • Frank ENGEL (LU, EPP), Vice-Chair of the Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China, Member of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, and of the Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect.
  •  Kris PELLEGRIMS, administrator in the ACP Unit of the European Parliament and focal point for the EP-PAP relations.

This was the first time that the Delegation was meeting with the Bureau of the PAP. The last meeting in Midrand in May 2015, was a bit hampered by unfortunate conditions: the EP delegation arrived one day late because of a power cut at the Brussels airport, and on the PAP side the internal elections procedure took longer than expected. This left little time for discussion with the Bureau and the Chairs of the Permanent Committees.

The main outcome of the Meeting was a joint Declaration which outlines areas of cooperation between the two continental Parliamentary Bodies. The Joint Declaration is attached.

2. Objectives of the Meeting

The most important topic and the primary reason of the existence of a separate European Parliament delegation for relations with the PAP is the follow-up of the JAES, and in particular the 5 priority areas of the 2014-2017 Roadmap established after the 4th EU-Africa Summit in April 2014. This Roadmap helps to focus the attention on a limited number of priorities where progress is achievable and clarifies that the value added is on the continental and regional level of the strategy, in complement to what is being done on the national and in some cases regional level. The JAES Roadmap is in harmony with the Agenda 2063 of the African Union.

  • The Roadmap is also supported by the Pan-African Programme (PANAF) under the DCI, whereas in the past no budget was available in support of the JAES.
  • Finally, the Roadmap tries to avoid excessive bureaucracy and foresees a simplified implementation structure, building where possible on existing structures.

The role of the two Assemblies is linked to the monitoring of the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. But the aim of the Strategy remains to deepen the relations between Africa and the EU, addressing global challenges together. This should be reflected in a more concrete involvement of the two Parliaments in the planning, scrutiny, implementation and monitoring of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. Following the Summit, an innovation has been put in place for a better planning and follow-up in the form of the Joint Annual Forum (JAF).  Honourable Gahler indicated that the two Parliaments should insist on being an active part of this process and systematically be present and consulted when main decisions are to be taken. Two years after the decision on the Roadmap, the Joint Annual Forum has not yet met, and that there is even no agreed date for this Forum (autumn 2016?).

In addition to the participation in the Joint Annual Forum, the two Parliaments should also explore together how to improve the monitoring and oversight role and contribute to the political dialogue. During the Commission to Commission meeting that took place in Addis Ababa on 7 April it was decided to resume holding Ministerial meetings. There is need to ensure parliamentary participation, at least in the margin of these meetings, as has been done in the past. Cooperation between the two Parliaments on this particular issue could help achieving this target.

3. The five Priority areas of the JAES

Peace and security

There is a common understanding on the importance of peace and security as preconditions for political, economic and social development. The Joint Declaration after the 4th EU-Africa Summit committed to strengthen efforts on the fight against terrorism, transnational organised crime, the spread of Small Arms and Light Weapons and on piracy. In particular, the document states that root causes have to be addressed.

This is an urgent priority in light of the on-going crises in the Sahel, Libya, South Sudan, Somalia, the CAR and the Great Lakes region, but it is also the area in which greatest progress has been made within the JAES.

The EU will continue to support the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) through the African Peace Facility and the Pan African Programme (PANAF) under the DCI will support the design and implementation of non-military security strategies at continental and cross-regional levels (transnational and organised crime). The Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace will complement the regional programmes.

The two Parliaments should take note in particular of the decisions of the AU in June 2015 on the financing of Peace and Security, as well as of the Resolution of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly on the evaluation of the African Peace Facility after 10 years. The latter is important because until now the APF has been the main source of financing of AU led Peace Support Operations. The EU-AU cooperation in the area of peace and security is dynamic, with close political dialogue on a wide range of hot spots, and increasing amounts channelled through the African Peace Facility (€ 300 disbursed in 2015). Limited AUC financial management capacity hinders smooth programme implementation.

Several visits and meetings were held, in particular the 8th annual Joint consultative meeting of the EU & AU PSC (Oct 2015) and the first visit of HRVP to the AUC (Oct 2015) .Within the framework of the Sahel strategy, dialogue has been pursued at the highest political level with the group of G5 Sahel countries including the visit of the HRVP/VP to Niger and the subsequent visit of G5 to Brussels. The inter-Malian dialogue was consolidated and the peace agreement was signed on 20 June in Algiers. Following the comprehensive approach the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement for the DRC and the Great Lakes has received continued political and financial support. The transitional roadmap in the CAR has been completed and ends successfully by the end of the electoral process on February 21 (second round of the presidential elections and the repeat of the legislative elections).Political and financial support has been granted to IGAD to support mediation efforts to overcome the crises in Libya and South Sudan. On the issue of operational cooperation there has been increased financial support provided by the EU through the APF and the Pan African programme (including a programme to fight transnational organized crime)

Possible questions:

§  How is the PAP proceeding to evaluate/assess/control the implementation of the JAES   by the AU Commission and the AU States?

§  PAP views on set-up of APSA? Has the PAP made any assessment on the functioning of the different components? (Peace and Security Council, Panel of the Wise, the AU Peace Fund, the Continental Early Warning System and the African Standby Force)

§  PAP views on emerging threats like terrorism, organised crime and maritime security?

§  Sustainability of financing, in particular the Peace and Security Operations (parallel discussions on the African Peace Facility by EU Member States). Are AU Member States effectively contributing (voluntarily) 2% of the AMISOM budget, as decided at the AU Summit of June 2015? Call on alternative sources of financing?

§  PAP views on functioning and achievements of the African Centre for Studies and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT/CAERT)?

2.   Democracy, good governance and human rights

The promotion of democracy, good governance and human rights is one of the baselines for the Africa-EU dialogue and partnership, although their application remains problematic in practice.

The overall political and institutional framework for the promotion of democracy, good governance and human rights is the African Governance Architecture (AGA). Several instruments have been adopted within this framework, but the process of ratification and especially domestication of most of the instruments is very slow. For example:

   Only the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) can be considered as a truly continental instrument with 53 ratifications on 54

   28 countries have ratified the Protocol on the African Court on Human and People’s Rights

   7 countries have signed the Special Declaration allowing individuals and NGOs to seize the Court

   23 countries have ratified the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG)

The main reasons for the slow and incomplete ratification are weak linkages between the AGA system and national bodies, lack of political will and sufficient knowledge of the system. One of the main roles of the PAP in the AGA, besides its monitoring and oversight role, is to promote the ratification and implementation of the AU treaties and decisions, including in the human rights area. Other action lines under this priority area include support to elections observation, the promotion of CSOs contribution to good governance and human rights and the support to public finance management.

The EU is supporting the African Governance Architecture (AGA) through the Pan African Programme (PANAF) under the DCI. Focus will in particular be on increasing awareness and on the ratification and domestication processes of AU main instruments. The EP and the DPAP could play a role in supporting the PAP in his advocacy role and in developing its capacity in this area.

Questions:

§  PAP views on the functioning of the African Governance Architecture (AGA)? Has the PAP made any assessment on the functioning of the African Governance Platform?  How is the PAP promoting the ratification and implementation of the AU treaties and decisions?

§  What will be the follow-up of the Mbeki report on Illicit Financial Flows? [Some criticism can be read in the press saying that the report is only pointing to external actors while sparing African leaders whom participate in the corruption process …]

§  PAP views on questionable regime changes: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Rwanda, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) and RDC cases.

§  Position of the PAP on AU Human Rights year 2016? Possible PAP activities/actions in this field?

 Human development

This priority was brought to the agenda of the 4th EU-Africa Summit by African countries, and it includes cooperation on science, technology, innovation and higher education, but also migration.

The first part of this priority area (education related) has been the first priority of Chairperson Zuma of the AU Commission since her nomination and has been considered by the AU and the European Commission as a priority in their programming.

On "human capital development", efforts are going on in various areas.

On science, technology and innovation, cooperation between African and European research communities are encouraged and grants have been approved under the Pan African Programme (DCI). Also in the frame of the Ebola crisis, several actions from the EU and its Member States contributed to its eradication, through fast-track funding initiatives but also via more structural actions, notably the cooperation on the establishment of the African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Funding addressed also the urgent research gaps on potential treatment and vaccines against Ebola.

Another jointly funded and managed research and innovation partnership has been set up in the area of food and nutrition and sustainable agriculture. An Expert Working Group has been established since 2014 to develop a scientific input for joint implementation.

On Higher education, the Erasmus+ programme is open to the entire world, and almost 10.000 applications have been received involving 42 African countries for mobility to 28 EU countries. Furthermore, 37 countries have applied for capacity building in higher education.

Other initiatives are taking place such as the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (training for researchers) or also support to existing AU actions such as the AU Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Scholarship Scheme.

Further, as mentioned in the Roadmap, support is provided to several institutions of the Pan African University, for example the PAU Institute for Space Sciences, hosted by South Africa. Attention is also given to the harmonisation of African Higher Education under the Pan African Programme.

The second part under the heading of Human development was migration. It was such an important issue already in April 2014, at the time of the Summit, that a separate declaration was dedicated to it. In the meantime, the issue has only become more prominent on the agenda.

The contribution of the African Diaspora to development. The Roadmap for 2014-2017 notably committed "... to foster synergies between migration and development, including by reducing the costs of remittances, enhancing the role and engagement of the Diaspora and consolidating the African Institute for Remittances. We will better organise intra and inter-regional labour mobility and that of business persons.; ..."Diaspora and migrants have for years been instrumental in helping family and friends at home get by, as huge annual remittance flows illustrate, but their contributions beyond remittances could have a significant impact on development, if tapped into.

According to the World Bank, African Diaspora savings, at US$53 billion every year, exceed annual remittances to the continent and are mostly invested abroad. Do you know what the AU is doing in this area to promote the set-up of businesses in Africa by the Diaspora?

4. Sustainable and inclusive development and growth and continental integration

While it is only the fourth priority area, this is perhaps the most important one because it includes the recipes for economic growth, which is a precondition for the challenge of the galloping demography.

Regarding the modalities and the framework, this area emphasises the role of the private sector, investment and trade, rather than traditional development assistance. In addition, the successful conclusion of negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreements with West, Southern and East Africa can also yield further economic growth. These EPAs are in line and complementary to the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA).

Negotiations on the CFTA are scheduled to be concluded by the end of 2017, which seems quite optimistic. But in parallel a Tripartite Free Trade Agreement was signed by some of the SADC-EAC-COMESA Member States on 10 June 2015 in Sharma El Sheik which is scheduled to be implemented by 2017.

EU's support to CFTA of €7.5 million is being channelled through the AU Support Programme III and consists of direct support to negotiations as well as technical expertise and technical studies. In regard to the above, two milestones are useful to note.  The First Negotiation Forum took place in Addis Ababa in February 2016, with 43 countries participating and during which a number of important framework and procedural aspects were agreed.  The Secretariats of the RECs participated as observers and in advisory capacities. The Second Negotiation Forum, scheduled for 16-24 May 2016 is expected to address inter alia further planning and organisational issues including the establishment of Technical Working Groups and a modalities framework (formulas, targets, or specific measures).  It is intended to involve administrative structures critical for effective implementation such as Customs and other border management agencies.

But trade is of course not the only driver of growth. Focus should in the first place be on the industrialisation and transformation of raw materials with value added. This is closely related to the previous area on Human Development. From the economic sectors point of view, focus is on agriculture, pharmaceuticals and infrastructure. Following the 2014 Year of African Agriculture, a Roadmap was adopted at the AU Summit of January 2015 on agriculture and nutrition which will contribute to food security. In the area of infrastructure, which is essential for interconnecting Africa, EU blending facilities are continuing to provide major financing for energy, transport, water supply and ICT.

Questions:

§  PAP views on possible improvement of cooperation in order to generate economic growth?

§  PAP views on successes and failures with regard to regional integration?

§  PAP views on the implementation of EPAs and their possible contribution to regional integration?

§  PAP views on the Continental Free Trade Agreement and deadlines (2017)?

5.   Global and emerging issues

Major developments took place last year on three major issues.

The 3rd Financing for Development conference in Addis in July 2015 defines the financial sources to implement the development agenda.

At the September 2015 meeting in New York, the UN decided on the Agenda 2030 on 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It can be considered as a success for the cooperation between African and European countries, as a commitment had been taken by both Commissions in April 2015 to closely cooperate on this issue.

On climate change, the positions were initially less concurrent, but ultimately the results were beyond what was expected. At the COP21 meeting in Paris in December 2015 a legally binding global agreement for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions was concluded. This shows that all major actors are getting convinced of the necessity and the urgency to act and to act together. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Detailed measures are to be taken by each individual country.

Questions:

§  Following the 3rd Financing for Development conference, what were the specific consequences for the AU or the PAP?

§  Are there specific initiatives taken by the PAP or the AU to increase African own resources rate? Does the PAP have any preferences for alternative sources of financing?

§  Is there any particular PAP concern or particular position on the matter of the Agenda 2030 (SDGs)?

 §  Is there a specific AU follow-up on the agreement on Climate Change in Paris (monitoring of the implementation of the commitments)?

In addition to the five priority areas of the JAES Roadmap, the 2014 EU-Africa Summit also changed the follow-up and implementation process of the actions under the Strategy. It introduced the Joint Annual Forum (JAF) to review on a regular basis the progress made in particular areas, with all stakeholders, including the EP and the PAP, involved. The first JAF was to take place in Addis Ababa in July 2015, but to date, when two of the three years before the next Africa-EU Summit have passed, there has still not been any JAF, and there is even not an agreement on a date. The reason often given is that there is no agreement among AU Member States on the attendance of Civil Society Organisations. A "pre-JAF" (without Parliaments) has been organised in Addis Ababa on 04 April before the College to College meeting of 07 April.

There is need to closely follow this issue and try to participate in this forum in the future.

There is also need to plan the parliamentary meeting for the next Africa - EU Summit which is envisaged to take place in Africa. The meeting agreed that the meeting could be held over a period of 3 and half days.

Questions:

§  Is the PAP invited/participating in any joint meetings of the EU-AU institutions?

§  How could the PAP - EP action be strengthened?

§  How will the PAP organise itself to prepare and follow up the Joint Annual Forum?

§  Are there particular issues that we could already identify now as a priority for the next Roadmap?

Ratification of the Revised Protocol

The Republic of Mali, Sierra Leone and Mauritania have ratified the revised Protocol.  Benin, Chad, Congo, and Guinea-Bissau have signed the Protocol.  The PAP received the report on the transition from the consultants supported by EC funds in 2015. The PAP is concerned with the slow rate of ratification.

The EP has been supporting the PAP in the past and will continue to do so. Not with funding, but on technical issues and given its expertise, gradually acquired through more than 50 years of slow evolution to a legislative Parliament that participates in the adoption of the bulk of new legislation applied in the EU Member States.

In November 2015, at the end of the process of the external assessment on the implications of the revised Protocol, a first study visit was organised in the EP for one PAP official and for one expert in order to allow him to finalise the drafting of the study on the transition.

On 18-20 April 2016, a second study visit was organised in the EP for senior staff of the PAP.

In 2015, the EP Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group (DEG) designated the PAP as a priority regional parliament for the EP's democracy support activities. This status remains valid in 2016, which means that further training activities could be organised together on the way of the transition.

Ongoing discussions on the future direction of post Cotonou partnership agreement after 2020  

Cooperation between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of States has come a long way after 53 years of partnership. The Cotonou Agreement which entered into force in April 2003 is the most recent of a series of agreements and provides for a unique framework covering development, political, trade and economic cooperation by establishing the most comprehensive partnership agreement between ACP countries and the EU. 

The ACP-EU joint institutions include a Council of Ministers, a Committee of Ambassadors and a Joint Parliamentary Assembly that assure the implementation of the Agreement. However this Agreement was concluded for a 20-year period and will expire in February 2020.

As stated under Article 1 of the Agreement, the three main objectives of the partnership are to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty, gradually integrate ACP countries into the world economy and achieve sustainable development. Other objectives are to promote and strengthen security, the economic, cultural and social development of the ACP States as well as develop the private sector and increase employment. In its implementation, principles such as the equality of the partners, participation and political dialogue, ownership of the development strategies and accountability underpin the Agreement. Commitments to human rights, democratic principles, and the rule of law and fundamental elements of good governance also transcend the Agreement.

Year after year ratification of the Agreement increased significantly and today the ACP Group consists of 79 members, 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific. All are legally bound by the provisions in the Agreement and more precisely are bound to take all the appropriate measures to ensure and to facilitate the fulfillment of the obligations. In that regard, the European Development Fund was created to financially support the Parties according to its own financial and implementation regulation. For the period 2014-2020 the financial resources of the 11th EDF amounts to €30.5 billion.

Notwithstanding the overall success of this partnership, the rapidly changing global context with new worldwide challenges has exerted some pressure on the relationship. Climate change, migration and terrorism as well as emerging powers and new alliances are affecting the partnership. Moreover, since the Cotonou Agreement entered into force the EU and ACP countries have undergone significant changes and enlargements. The EU has faced its biggest financial and economic crisis while the political and economic landscape of ACP countries underwent important changes with some countries achieving higher economic growth.

With 2020 approaching rapidly and considering the difficult context to which the Agreement has to adapt, discussions are ongoing on the future of the Agreement.

The common interests of the EU and ACP countries in a globalised world need to be determined to develop a strategic and solid relationship to face global challenges. Whether any changes need to be done to the framework established by Cotonou to meet these global challenges post-2020 also needs addressing. 

Should the Agreement be improved and adapted or fundamentally reframed? There are essentially 3 main choices in regards to the partnership agreement: a dissolution of the joint partnership and its replacement by regional arrangements; the development and adaptation of the ACP–EU partnership that would coexists with the strengthened Regional Economic Communities (RECs) or the emergence of a more dynamic and cohesive ACP group which may establish global partnerships beyond the EU. No formal position has yet been expressed by either side.  

However, work has started and a European Commission Staff Working Paper will be issued in June 2016 with an evaluation of the first 15 years of the Cotonou Agreement. In November 2016 the European Commission should present to the Foreign Affairs Council a recommendation to get a negotiating mandate for negotiations with the ACP counterparts, together with an impact assessment. 

In parallel on the ACP side, the Eminent Persons Group will present their conclusions on 1 June 2016 at the ACP Summit in Papua New Guinea that will adopt the ACP position by a statement or declaration.

In order to be able to influence this process at an early stage, the European Parliament is preparing a resolution to be adopted on 1 October 2016. A first exchange of views on the draft report will already take place in June. These exchanges of views are crucial as according to Article 95 of the Agreement, to discuss and enter into negotiations on a successor agreement by the 31st August 2018. It is hence time to address these profound questions to shape the future direction of the partnership.
 

 

 

 

 

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FAO and the PAP launch the Pan African P…

 FAO and the Pan-African Parliament launch the Pan African Parliamentary Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition to Shore Up Food Security and Nutrition in Africa The Food and Agriculture Organization of...

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Former Sudanese Minister of Communicatio…

Former Sudanese Minister of Communications calls on Africa to pay attention to his country problems The Former Communications Minister of Sudan, Hon Mahadi Ibrahim, on Wednesday called on the African parliamentarians to...

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The post 2015 Sustainable Development Go…

The post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals and the Role of Parliaments The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa- OSISA    is currently working with civil society organisations, parliaments, the academic sector and...

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Linking The PAP With Regional Parliament…

INTER-AFRICAN REGIONAL SPEAKERS’ PARLIAMENTARY FORUM (IARSPF) Welcome Remarks From President Of PAP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibARtHtcb6Y The Pan African Parliament welcomes you all to this the second Meeting of Speakers from regional Parliaments which has become...

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Meeting Interparliamentary Delegation DP…

Meeting Interparliamentary Delegation DPAP and PAP Bureau 1. Introduction The Chair of the EP-PAP Delegation Hon. Michael GAHLER thanked the Bureau for agreeing to meet with the European Delegation. on Gahler introduced...

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PAP attends the Open Government Partners…

 International Relations: Open Government Partnership Global Summit At the invitation of the Mexican Senate, through the National Democratic Institute (NDI) the President of the Pan African Parliament, H.E Roger Nkodo Dang...

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The Role of Science Academies and the In…

African Scientific Cooperation and Partnership Strengthened   Future African-wide scientific cooperation and partnership were strengthened when science organisations met with the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) last week to introduce their activities and elaborate...

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PAP and UNFPA held a joint meeting to id…

MPs Can End FGM! The Pan African Parliament and UNFPA held a two day workshop in Sandton, South Africa to identify the role of parliamentarians in ending female genital mutilation (FGM)...

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PAP Audit and Public Accounts Committee …

PAP Audit and Public Accounts Committee Capacitated on Financial Oversight role The recently restructured Committee on Audit and Public Accounts (CAPA) of the Pan-African Parliament kicked started its financial oversight role...

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African Parliamentarians Put Heads Toget…

AFRICAN PARLIAMENTARIANS PUT HEADS TOGETHER TO COMBAT CORRUPTION    03 AUGUST 2016, MIDRAND, SOUTH AFRICA – How can Africa collectively address corruption? What measures can Members of Parliament (MPs) put in place...

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“Take The People With You,” Says Lesotho…

“TAKE THE PEOPLE WITH YOU,” SAYS LESOTHO PRIME MINISTER  The Right Hon Bethuel Pakalitha Mosisili, Prime Minister of Lesotho, opened the 8th Conference of Speakers of African Parliaments at the...

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PAP To Support Regional Parliaments To P…

PAP To Support Regional Parliaments To Push For Ratification   Regional integration will be a critical component to ensure the speedy ratification of the Pan African Parliament’s role to move from oversight...

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PAP pledges solidarity with African yout…

PAP pledges solidarity with African Youths   The Youth Caucus of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has pledged strong solidarity with African youths to ensure that their plight and challenges are a priority...

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Africa’s Parliamentary Clerks Reaffirm S…

Africa’s Parliamentary Clerks reaffirm support for New PAP Protocol   Secretary Generals and Clerks of Africa’s Parliaments have concluded their first annual general meeting by reaffirming their support for African Union (AU)...

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PAP laments slow ratification of its new…

PAP laments slow ratification of its new protocol   The First Vice President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), Honourable Eduardo Joaquim Mulembwe has expressed grave concern over very slow ratification of PAP’s...

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Members' Safety Of Critical Importance T…

Members' Safety Of Critical Importance To The Pan-African Parliament   2 AUGUST 2016, MIDRAND, SOUTH AFRICA – The recent involvement of four Honourable Members of Parliament (MPs) in a robbery and shooting...

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PAP commits to efforts towards combating…

PAP commits to efforts towards combating terrorism in Africa The President of the Pan Africa Parliament (PAP) Bureau, Honourable Roger Nkodo Dang has disclosed that PAP plans to present African Union...

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PAP pushes for intensified efforts in Af…

PAP pushes for intensified efforts in Africa’s energy sector   The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has stressed the need for African countries to intensify their efforts to enable the continent’s citizens have access...

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PAP President calls on African states to…

PAP President calls on African states to ratify AU Malabo Protocols   President of the Pan African Parliament (PAP), Honourable Roger Nkodo Dang has appealed to African states to ratify the Malabo Protocols...

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PAP CAPAs' on Financial Oversight role

PAP Audit and Public Accounts Committee Capacitated on Financial Oversight role   The recently restructured Committee on Audit and Public Accounts (CAPA) of the Pan-African Parliament kicked started its financial oversight role...

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H.E. Roger Nkodo Dang Meets the Presiden…

H.E. Roger Nkodo Dang Meets the President of the Republic of Madagascar       On 13 July 2016, following his participation in the 42th Session of the Plenary Assembly of the  the...

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PAP and APF Sign Framework Agrement

PAP and APF Sign Framework Agrement On Tuesday, December 10, Honorable Roger Nkodo Dang, President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), and Didier Le Bot, Secretary-General of the Assemblée Parlementaire de...

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IPS Interview with Dr. Bernadette Lahai …

IPS Interview with Bernadette Lahai On the Pan African Parliament Food and Nutrition Security Agenda. Dr.Bernadette Lahai is a Sierra Leonean politician and the current Minority Leader of Parliament. She is...

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TICAD VI Ministerial Preparatory Meeting…

TICAD VI Ministerial Preparatory Meeting June 16-17, 2016 in Banjul, The Islamic Republic of The Gambia  With over twenty years of history since 1993, Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD)...

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PAP May 2016 Session ends with seven res…

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...

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Electricity is Pivotal to ensuring Afric…

Electricity is Pivotal to ensuring Africa's Technological Future 11 May 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa – Debating the state of e-governance in Africa during the Pan-African Parliament’s second sitting, parliamentarians raised several...

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Gender equality remains an unfilled prom…

Gender equality remains an unfilled promise  “Despite solid evidence demonstrating the centrality of women’s empowerment in reducing poverty, promoting development and addressing the world’s most urgent challenges, gender equality remains an...

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PAP MPs in consensus on education as cor…

PAP MPs in consensus on education as cornerstone of continental development   “Without education there can be no development.” This sentiment was echoed by all parliamentarians at the Pan- African Parliament...

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Women's Access To Land Critical For Afri…

WOMEN’S ACCESS TO LAND CRITICAL FOR AFRICA’S ECONOMIC GROWTH   10 May 2016, Midrand, South Africa – Access to land for agriculture is central to Africans’ livelihood. However, the male bias...

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AUC Puts Forward Draft Budget To PAP

African Union Commission Puts Forward Draft Budget To Pan-African Parliament   10 May 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa – Vice President of the African Union (AU) Commission H.E Mr. Erastus Mwencha presented the...

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Hon. Safia Elmi Djibril elected as PAP V…

Hon. Safia Elmi Djibril elected as PAP VP of the Eastern Africa Region Hon. Safia Elmi Djibril from Djibouti was officially elected as the Vice President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP)...

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Governance Critical For Improving Africa…

  Governance Critical For Improving African Citizen's Quality Of Life   9 May 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa – Data shows that progress on African governance has reached a plateau, although the continent has...

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PAP Announces Its Dedication To Human Ri…

The PAP Announces Its Dedication To Human Rights, Democracy And The ‘Rule of Law’ As Chair Of The AGA.      On Monday 9 May, H.E. Hon Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Fourth Vice...

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EU Parliament Declares Technical Support…

European Parliament Declares Technical Support to PAP On 6 May 2016, Co-Chairs Hon, Michael Gahler, leader of the European Parliamentary Delegation and H.E. Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang, President of the...

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PAP Reports on the State of Security in …

PAN-AFRICAN PARLIAMENT REPORTS ON THE STATE OF SECURITY IN BURUNDI 6 MAY 2016, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – The political situation in Burundi remains fragile and requires continuous and objective examination...

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UN Seeks Alliance With PAP To Address Fo…

UN Seeks Alliance With PAP To Address Food Security 5 May 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa – The number of undernourished people in Africa continues to increase with an estimated 217 million...

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EU Delegates Meets With The PAP To Discu…

The EU Delegation meets with the PAP to discuss the progress of the Joint Africa-Europe Strategy.   Parallel to parliamentary proceedings on Thursday 7 May, the President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP)...

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PAP MP's Discuss Key Activities During P…

PAP MP's Discuss Key Activities During PAP Session   4 May 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa – The Chamber of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) was rife with commentary when 29 African...

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Africa could add 12% to its GDP by 2025 …

Africa could add 12% to its GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality “Advancing gender parity in Africa presents a simple yet significant solution towards the continent reaching the goals of...

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African Parliamentarians Emphasise The V…

African Parliamentarians Emphasis The Value Of Education And Human Rights During The 4th Parliament Opening Johannesburg, South Africa – The role of education and human rights received priority during the opening of...

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Former President of Mozambique and Vice …

Former President of Mozambique and Vice President of Sierra Leone address delegates at the opening of the Second Ordinary Session of the Fourth Parliament of the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand...

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New MP's of the PAP receive orientation

New members of the Pan-African Parliament receive orientation in Midrand, South Africa. On Saturday, 30 April 2016, new members of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) attended an orientation meeting at the Gallagher...

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PAP calls on African ambassadors to acce…

Pan-African Parliament calls on African ambassadors to accelerate the ratification of its legislative power  Johannesburg, South Africa – The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) held a preliminary briefing with African ambassadors in Midrand...

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African Ambassadors gather in Midrand

African Ambassadors gather in Midrand, South Africa ahead of the second ordinary session of the Fourth Pan-African Parliament. 28 April, Midrand, South Africa. Ambassadors representing the African continent gathered at the...

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PAP Best Wishes Ceremony for 2016

PAP Best Wishes Ceremony for 2016 The Pan African Parliament held a best wishes ceremony on the 4th of March 2016 in Midrand, South Africa to wish the President, members of...

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Committees Sittings - PAP Parliamentaria…

Committees Sittings - PAP Parliamentarians debate on Peace and Security in Africa The Pan African Parliament’s committee on Cooperation, International Relations and Conflict Resolution conducted a presentation and debate on the...

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Ambassadors meeting

 Ambassadors meeting The Pan African Parliament’s President Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang held a meeting with the African ambassadors to South Africa on the 2nd of March 2016 during the Committee sessions...

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PAP Committee members emphasize women’s …

 PAP Committee members emphasize women’s rights and access to land   The Rural Economy, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Committee of the Pan-African Parliament organized a joint workshop with the committees on...

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PAP Committee discuss land solutions for…

PAP Committee discuss land solutions for housing in Africa         The Permanent committee on Rural Economy, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment held a workshop on the 29th of February 2016 during the...

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High Level E-Governance Workshop at PAP …

  High Level E-Governance Workshop at PAP Committee Sittings    The Transport, Industry, Communication, Energy, Science and Technology Committee of the Pan-African Parliament organized an E-Governance workshop on the 1st and 2nd March...

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MEETING OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE AND THE SOU…

 MEETING OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE AND THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN PARLIAMENTARY SUPPORT TRUST (SAPST)  During its sitting in October 2015, the Committee on Trade, Customs and Immigration of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) agreed...

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PAP President Nkodo Dang meets Egyptian …

PAP President Nkodo Dang meets Egyptian President El Sisi in Cairo   The PAP President Roger Nkodo Dang, heading a high level delegation to Cairo, Egypt on the 24th February 2016, met...

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PAP President Nkodo Dang’s official invi…

 PAP President Nkodo Dang’s official invitation to Malawi President Peter Mutharika   Pan African Parliament (PAP) President Roger Nkodo Dang and his delegation met with the Malawi High Level Delegation during the...

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PAP President Nkodo Dang condemns Burkin…

PAP President Nkodo Dang condemns Burkina Faso attacks  The Pan-African Parliament President, Roger Nkodo Dang issued the following statement strongly condemning the terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso that killed more...

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President Nkodo Dang and his delegation…

  President Nkodo Dang and his delegation at the 26th African Union Summit   A Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Delegation led by President Nkodo Dang travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the 26th...

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President Nkodo Dang calls for increased…

PAP President delivering a historic and emotional speech at the French National Assembly

Pan-African Parliament President Roger Nkodo Dang addressed the French National Assembly on Tuesday 3rd November 2015, with an urgent call to action in support of Africa’s electrification, ahead of the...

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Historic handshake between FNA President…

Historic handshake between FNA President, Claude Bartolone and PAP President, Roger Nkodo Dang

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PAP MPs at the French National Assembly

  A delegation of PAP Parliamentarians in front of the French National Assembly. They accompanied and gave support to the PAP President’s call for Africa' s electrification programme.

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Jean Louis Borloo invites PAP President

 Jean Louis Borloo, former French minister and president of ‘Energies pour L’Afrique’ invites PAP President Roger Nkodo Dang to address the Conseil Economique, Social et Environmental

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PAP President with Jean-Paul Delevoye, P…

 Jean-Paul Delevoye, President of France’s ‘Conseil Economique, Social et Environmental’ welcomes the PAP President and his delegation.

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PAP President giving a Speech at the Lum…

  PAP President, Roger Nkodo Dang making a speech at the ‘Lumieres D’Afrique’ Exposition in front of high profile dignitaries including French Interior Minister Bernard Caseneuve.    

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AU member States urged to ratify new PAP…

On the last day of the sixth session, the PAP has highlighted the urgent need for the signing and ratification of the Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African...

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Conflict and Violence Rife in Africa in …

The Pan African Parliament considered the report of the council for Peace and Security noted that recurrent scourge of terrorism, violent extremism, transnational criminality and human trafficking where raised. In...

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AUC Chair at Inter Generational Youth Co…

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Her Excellency Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma addressed the Intergenerational Youth Conference on the African Union Vision – Vision 2063 and highlighted the role of...

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THE PAN AFRICAN PARLIAMENT CELEBRATES AF…

The Pan African Parliament celebrated Africa Day with H.E. Bethel Amadi highlighting the common struggles for the women of Africa in their quest for liberation. Although Africa is free from...

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ILLICIT FINACIAL FLOWS FROM AFRICA CRIPP…

H.E President Thabo Mbeki former President of South Africa presented the report of the African Union High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa. At least US$50 billion from...

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President Kenyatta’s Dream is United and…

President Uhuru Kenyatta  opened  the 6th Session of the Third Parliament of the Pan African Parliament in Midrand- South Africa on the 18th May 2015 and shared his dream of...

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PAP hosts Intergenerational Dialogue

On the 22nd of May 2015, the Pan African Parliament hosted an Intergenerational Dialogue conference at its seat in Midrand in South Africa. It brought together young people and leaders from all over Africa...

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PAP has a new Deputy Clerk for Finance, …

The PAP has recruited Mr. Yusupha Jobe as the new deputy clerk in charge of finance, administration and human resource (DC-FAHR).  Mr. Jobe brings into the PAP extensive experience acquired working...

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PAP members carry out election of new Bu…

The Pan African Parliament carried elections for a new bureau to take over management of the PAP on Wednesday, the 27th of May 2015. The elections were held at the PAP...

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H.E. Roger Nkodo Dang elected as new PAP…

H.E. Roger Nkodo Dang, M.P.  has been elected the new president of the Pan African Parliament. He is a member of parliament from Cameroon and represents the Central Africa Region. He...

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H.E. Bethel Amadi presides over 6th sess…

The immediate former President of Pan-African Parliament, H.E Hon. Bethel N. Amadi, presided over his last session as President of the Pan African Parliament. The May 2015 session was the 6th...

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Bilateral meeting between PAP and PACE …

During his visit to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to attend its 3rd Ordinary Session in Strasbourg, the President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Hon. Bethel...

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