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Pan African Parliament

 

Introduction

Objectives

History

Overview

Member Countries

 

  

 

 

Introduction

The Pan-African Parliament was established in March 2004, by Article 17 of The Constitutive Act of the African Union, as one of the nine Organs provided for in the Treaty  Establishing the African Economic Community signed in Abuja , Nigeria , in 1991.

The establishment of the Pan-African Parliament is informed by a vision to provide a common platform for African peoples and their grass-roots organizations to be more involved in discussions and decision-making on the problems and challenges facing the continent.

The seat of the Parliament is in Midrand, South Africa.

The Pan-African Parliamentarians represent all the peoples of Africa. The ultimate aim of the Pan-African Parliament is to evolve into an institution with full legislative powers, whose members are elected by universal adult suffrage.

The objectives of the PAP:


  • Facilitate the effective implementation of the policies and objectives of the OAU/AEC and, ultimately, of the African Union;
  • Promote the principles of human rights and democracy in Africa;
  • Encourage good governance, transparency and accountability in Member States;
  • Familiarize the peoples of Africa with the objectives and policies aimed at integrating the African continent within the framework of the establishment of the African Union;
  • Promote peace, security and stability;
  • Contribute to a more prosperous future for the people of Africa by promoting collective self-reliance and economic recovery;
  • Facilitate cooperation and development in Africa
  • Strengthen Continental solidarity and build a sense of common destiny among the peoples of Africa;
  • Facilitate cooperation among Regional Economic Communities and their Parliamentary fora

History

The origin of the Pan-African Parliament can be traced to the Abuja Treaty which was signed by African leaders in Abuja, Nigeria, in June, 1991 and which came into force in May, 1994. After the Abuja Treaty, the Fourth Extra-ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government held in Sirte, Libya from 8th - 9th September, 1999, adopted the Sirte Declaration. Among other things, the Sirte Declaration called for the speedy establishment of the institutions [including the Pan African Parliament] provided for in the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community signed in Abuja, Nigeria.

A subsequent meeting was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 17th to 21st April, 2000 convened by the Secretary-General of the OAU, Dr Salim Ahmed Salim and composed of Legal Experts and Parliamentarians who considered a Draft Treaty on the establishment of the African Union and a Draft Protocol of the Treaty establishing the African Economic Community relating to the Pan-African Parliament. This was followed by the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which convened in Lome, Togo from 10th to 12th July, 2000. The meeting approved and adopted the Draft Constitutive Act of the African Union and the Pan-African Parliament.

The establishment of the Pan-African Parliament is one giant step forward in ensuring that this deliberative continental body, once operational, will act as a common platform for all the peoples of Africa and their grassroot organisations to get more involved in discussions and decision-making on the problems and challenges which beset Africa.

Overview

The Pan-African Parliament, also known as the African Parliament, is the legislative body of the African Union. The African Parliament held its inaugural session in March 2004. At present it exercises oversight, and has advisory and consultative powers, which will last for the first five years of its existence, after that time period it will exercise full legislative powers. Its 230 Parliamentary representitives are elected by the legislatures of the 46 AU states rather than being directly elected in their own capacity. Initially the seat of the Pan African Parliament was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia but it was later moved to Midrand, South Africa. The first President of the Parliament was Hon. Dr. Amb. Gertrude I. Mongella from Tanzania. 

Ten Permanent Committees were created dealing with different sectors of life in Africa.

The current President of the Parliament is  Hon. Dr. Idriss Ndélé Moussa from Chad.

The Parliament also consists of four Vice-Presidents. These officials are the composition of the Bureau of the Pan-African Parliament.

The Parliament is assisted by the Secretariat of the Pan-African Parliament.

Pap Member Countries

ALGERIA
ANGOLA
BENIN
BOTSWANA
BURKINA FASO
BURUNDI
CAMEROON
CAPE VERDE
CENTRAL REPUBLIC
CONGO
DJIBOUTI
EGYPT
EQUITORIAL GUINEA
ETHIOPIA
GABON
THE GAMBIA
GHANA
GUINEA
KENYA
LESOTHO
LIBERIA
LIBYA
MADAGASCAR
MALAWI
MALI
MAURITANIA
MAURITIUS
MOZAMBIQUE
NAMIBIA
NIGER
NIGERIA
REPUBLIC OF CHAD
RWANDA
SAHARAWI DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
SENEGAL
SIERRA LEONE   
SOMALIA
SOUTH AFRICA
SUDAN
SWAZILAND
TANZANIA
TOGO
TUNISIA
UGANDA
ZAMBIA
ZIMBABWE

 

 

 
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