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 African Union Summit, taking place from the 21st to the 31st January 2016.

President Nkodo Dang will attend various key sessions including the 31st Ordinary session of the Permanent Representatives Committee, the 28th ordinary session of the executive council and the 26th Ordinary session of the Assembly of the Union.

The President and his delegation will also be holding bilateral meetings with donors, partner organizations, the media and African Ambassadors, Ministers and Heads of Governments.

President Nkodo Dang will also continue his sustained advocacy programme for the ratification of the revised protocol of the Pan African Parliament, as well as the ratification of other AU instruments, during his current stay in Addis Ababa.

The African Union summit is taking place at the beginning of 2016, which has been declared the African year of human rights. This important African milestone goes hand in hand with the mandate of the Pan-African Parliament. Furthermore, the human rights’ agenda remains central to the parliament as it advocates to African governments for the ratification of its new protocol. It should also be noted that the PAP has taken the presidency of the African Governance Architecture in December 2015. This will further consolidate the PAP’s role in promoting good governance and human rights in Africa.

Once ratified, the revised protocol will transform the PAP into a parliamentary organ of the AU with legislative responsibilities in the AU governance framework. This will consequently allow the PAP to better promote human rights and democracy, good governance and development in Africa.

The declaration of 2016 as the Africa Year of Human Rights will provide further opportunity to consolidate the gains already made over the years, ensure better coordination of human rights bodies on the continent, and move towards the establishment of a true human rights culture on the continent.

 

The PAP delegation to the AU Summit also include Hon. Eduardo Joaquim Mulembwe, First Vice-President, Hon. Sulima Hay Emhamed Saleh, Third Vice-President, Hon. Dr Bernadette Lahai, Fourth Vice-President, Prof. Mourad Mokhtari, Clerk of Parliament, Prof. Lisette Elomo Ntonga, Director of Bureau, Yusupha Jobe, Deputy Clerk of Parliament, Senvyraj Maistry, Head of Communications and Media, Neesha Swelall, Finance officer and Matilda Pakiti, Protocol Officer.

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