Bern, Switzerland – It has been a busy year for members of the AWEPA Switzerland Section, who have continued to provide invaluable support for AWEPA’s Parliamentary Forum of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (PF-ICGLR) programme.
In the framework of this programme, Hon. Maja Ingold, Head of the Section, Hon. Pierre François-Viellon, member of AWEPA Switzerland, and Hon. Therese Frösch, Political Coordinator of the Programme, undertook a short evaluation visit to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi in January 2015.
The delegation held a number of discussions with parliamentarians and staff in order to better understand the work and progress of the PF-ICGLR and carry out an evaluation of its processes.
According to Hon. Ingold, the mission demonstrated to the delegation that the programme is on the right tracks, and making progress for the future.
In addition to the evaluation visit, Hon. Frösch also attended a PF-ICGLR Executive Council meeting in Kinshasa, DRC, in July 2015. The meeting was held in preparation for the Forum’s annual Plenary Assembly to take place in Luanda, Angola, in December 2015.
Following intense discussions, the Executive Council agreed on a number of resolutions on the conflicts in Burundi, Central African Republic, South Sudan and DRC, to be adopted during the Plenary.
Positive impressions from the Section members
“The simple fact that this Forum manages to exist in this period of political instability and bitter conflict is, in itself, a genuine success.”
Hon. Maja Ingold, Head of Section
“The Forum is making real progress and is getting stronger, slowly but surely.”
Hon. Therese Frösch, Political Coordinator of the Great Lakes Region (PF-ICGLR) programme
“The parliamentarians are coming together and they are talking, something which was inconceivable only a few years ago. This represents the blueprint for a process which must be strengthened.”
Hon. Pierre François-Viellon, Member of AWEPA Switzerland