Amsterdam, the Netherlands – The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) evolved from the consultative and advisory body of the African Union to a regional parliament with full legislative and oversight powers, in a decision unanimously taken at the 6th Annual conference of speakers of African parliaments held in Midrand, South Africa, in August 2014. The approval came after discussions on an amended PAP Protocol drafted by the African Union at its 23rd Summit held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in June 2014.
“PAP must be stronger, offering a greater voice to the people of Africa through universal suffrage, capable of promoting the enactment of relevant policies and laws necessary for growth and development both at the national and continental levels, and a degree of oversight role.”
Zkosazana Dlamini Zuma
AWEPA congratulates the PAP, one of its key partners, for this important milestone achieved. AWEPA has been supporting the transformational process since the inaugural session of the PAP in 2004. Among other activities, the PAP’s women caucus and AWEPA cooperated to produce the Guidelines for Parliamentarians “Abandoning Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting”. In addition, since 2011, AWEPA and PAP have been working closely in deploying a continental campaign entitled “Making Agriculture Investments Work for Africa: A Parliamentarian’s Response to Land Rush”. Together with other host organisations, a series of seminars were conducted in East, Central, West and Southern Africa with the final one taking place in Johannesburg earlier this year.
It is worth mentioning that the Pan-African Parliament will also host the African-European Parliamentary Dialogue on Migration and Development, with which AWEPA will celebrate its 30th anniversary on 2-3 October 2014.