Posted by: APO | 16 May 2008

Pan African Parliament President Closes Ninth Ordinary Session

May 16, 2008


PAP President Closes Ninth Ordinary Session


Midrand, South Africa – The President of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) Ho. Dr. Gertrude Mongella, MP, today officially closed the Ninth Ordinary Session of PAP which began on May 05, 2008.


Hon. Mongella said that “PAP should transform from being just a consultative and advisory organ to a legislative organ, and transformation is a must or the Parliament would have failed its responsibility according to its mandate.” On the issue of food crisis she said that “the debate came at the right time when the world is hard hit by escalating prices of basic needs.” She added that “The PAP considers the matter so serious that it requested Dr Jacques Diouf, Director-General, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, to report to the Parliament on information at his disposal.”


On the Election Observation Missions that went to Kenya and Zimbabwe, Hon. Mongella said that “PAP is not involved in these missions to point fingers, but to build solidarity among African nations and promote good governance”. She thanked the two Missions for a job well done and thanked the PAP partners for making it possible.


The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) was established on March 18, 2004, by Article 17 of The Constitutive Act of the African Union, as one of the Organs provided for in the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community signed in Abuja, Nigeria, in 1991.





PAP holds two Sessions every year at its seat in Midrand, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa. The next Session is expected to take place during October 13 – 24, 2008.


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