NEWSROOM (ADV) – African legislators have converged in Kigali, Rwanda to discuss among others contemporary issues affecting the continent such as natural resources management and corruption, labour migration and the need to develop model laws.
The First Ordinary Session of the Fifth Pan African Parliament sitting, which is premised on the African Union theme of the year 2018: “Winning the fight against corruption: a sustainable path to Africa’s transformation”, is taking place at the Kigali Convention Centre, Rwanda from 22 October to 2 November 2018.
In his address to the legislators, the guest of honour, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, who is also the Chairperson of the African Union, commended the PAP for the breadth of their agenda for the session, which includes developing a model law on disability in Africa; conference on women’s rights as well as discussion and debate of reports on nutrition, corruption and election observation.
He noted that the entry of the compact on migration would accelerate economic growth and shatter outdated perceptions of the continent.
“The responsibility for Africa’s security and prosperity should and must be in our hands. We should innovate and get solutions from Africa’s rich experiences and cultures even as we are open to the best global insights,” he said.
He called on the PAP to play a big role in monitoring political progress in the continent and holding institutions to account for commitments that have been made to Africa’s citizens.
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