PAP members debate the report of the 2016 Conference of Speakers of African Parliaments
Members of the Pan-African Parliament and stakeholders from different countries and organizations gathered in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, to discuss the report of the 2016 Conference of Speakers of African Parliaments.
Adoption and ratification of treaties of the African Union, including the new Protocol of the Pan African Parliament was also the theme of the conference. In his remarks, the first Vice President of the PAP Hon. Eduardo Joaquim Mulembwe, emphasized that
“Article 18 of the Malabo Protocol stipulates that PAP must work closely with
Parliaments of the Regional Economic Communities and / or any other national legislatures of the member countries.”
The Speakers noted the limitations to better deal with terrorism: the lack of respect on the part of States, the lack of reporting as well as lack of will on the part of some Member States. To increase knowledge in this area, they emphasized the place of the African Union in this fight.
The Speakers also reviewed progress made by parliaments in promoting ratification, internationalization and implementation of AU treaties, including the Malabo Protocol, emphasizing that it was necessary to identify the challenges members had encountered in their advocacy for the protocol, in relation to the 2063 agenda.
Professor Eddie Maloka, Executive Director of the APRM Secretariat presented reports of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) on Mali, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia and noted that corruption continued to affect Africa, particularly in the economic and political sectors.
The Pan African Parliament and other members were given the task of establishing and maintaining partnerships with stakeholders; with the aim to mobilize human and financial resources. The development of an African model law on the fight against corruption was also raised with the aim to popularize the Convention and program against corruption in countries that do not have legislation in this area.