Recommendations from the October 2016 Pan-African Parliament Session
Members of the Pan-African Parliament and stakeholders from different countries met on October 18, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to adopt the recommendations of the 2016 session.
The representative of the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Women, Aichata Haidara Cissé tabled recommendations for the promotion of women's access to political decision-making positions and positions of responsibility. Thus, the representative of the women urged national Parliaments, to unsure speedy ratification of the Maputo Protocol and all other conventions that seek to protect women, citing that article 2 of the African Charter on Human Rights and Peoples highlights all forms of discrimination.
“Women's rights are recognized and guaranteed by all international instruments on human rights, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of discrimination against Women and its Optional Protocol,” she emphasized.
The women's representative also urged women parliamentarians to educate African people on gender equality in politics and business as well as in legislative bodies through different ways, but highlighting the media. Encouragement of partnerships as well as women’s access to land was highly emphasized. An exchange platform was also proposed among the many recommendations made.
During the closing of the plenary, Hon. Abou Ndiaye; Chairman of the Standing Committee on Education, Culture, Tourism and Human Resources outlined the various points that would improve the sector. According to him, Science and Technology education should be strengthened to allow not only scientific and technological knowledge but also to develop by mobilizing and raising the young minds. Governments were challenged to allow the creation and consolidation of national scientific and technological capabilities.
In the area of trade, customs and immigration, the moderator Certorio Biota presented the report of the workshop on capacity building and knowledge sharing sessions in this sector. Member - States were challenged to develop strategies to accelerate the implementation at national level, and creation of the Action Plans for Accelerated Industrial Development of Africa.
“African countries need to eliminate travel restrictions and the right of establishment. The intervention at the highest levels of government through political agreements to facilitate the removal of illegal roadblocks, checkpoints is necessary,” Biota said.
For the free movement of persons in the trade sector, Member States were particularly encouraged to abolish visa requirements for Africans traveling across the continent. Particular emphasis was placed on the 90-day business visa for traders and businessmen, which would allegedly allow them to travel freely in African member countries.