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The Pan African Parliament’s Fifth Ordinary Session concluded in high spirits, with the adoption of one resolution and five recommendations.
At the closing of the session, President Hon Roger Nkodo Dang said he was impressed with the work MPs have been doing during the two-week deliberations.
President Nkodo Dang said many of the debates took place in the context of a current challenge sweeping across the continent: terrorism and violent extremism.
Announcing the session’s only resolution, the Clerk of Parliament, Hon Vipya Harawa, said PAP expressed its solidarity and support to the Government and the people of Chad, regretting the decision by President Donald Trump to impose a travel ban on Chad.
“The PAP calls on the United States Government to exclude Chad from the list of countries whose nationals are banned from entering the US,” he stated.
Furthermore, the 10th Annual Conference on Women Rights lobbied African Union (AU) member states to take decisive actions to protect women and young girls against harmful practices including child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).
The PAP’s second recommendation called for the immediate cessation of all hostilities in South Sudan to allow for dialogue between political parties and other stakeholders, including members of civil society.
The international community needs to support the national dialogue initiative as an African solution to African problems and encourage all stakeholders to participate. The AU, its organs, the IGAD and the UN need to convene stakeholders at an international conference in South Sudan, supporting measures for the alleviation of the humanitarian crisis in the country.
Thirdly, the PAP recognised that a sound and efficient transport network is a key driver for African integration and a fundamental facilitator of the continent’s economic development through increased mobility of labour, technology and trade.
Thus, to bring speedy implementation of infrastructure projects in the transport sector, PAP recommended full compliance with the provisions of the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision (YD).
AU member states should commit without delay to the establishment of a Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) by 2017 and implement the African Civil Aviation Policy (AFCAP) to ensure focus, harmonisation and uniformity related to aviation safety.
PAP also calls on member states to sign and ratify the Constitution of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) adopted in Dakar, Senegal on 16 December 2009.
Fourthly, PAP made a recommendation on the African common position on the global compact on migration, pushing member states to address migration as a driver for development, and advancing the process of domestication of regional and sub-regional treaties on free movement of people.
Lastly, PAP noted the positive action by the Government of the Republic of Tunisia to promote women’s rights and adopt a law against gender based violence. Female Tunisian parliamentarians were lauded for the adoption of an electoral law that stipulates a 30% representation of women leadership in local authorities.
PAP recommended that the Government of the Republic of Tunisia should complete the work underway to protect and promote women’s rights by ratifying the Maputo Protocol.