11.08.2017 10:10 Age: 10 days

Speaker attended the 9th Annual Conference of Speakers of African Parliaments

Category: Chamber Of Deputies

Since 10th August 2017, the Right Honorable Mukabalisa Donatille, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies is attending a two day Annual Conference of Speakers of African Parliaments in Midrand, Johannesburg in South Africa on “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth. Role of National and Regional Parliaments in Africa” as adopted by African Leaders at the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa.

The Conference of Speakers was officially opened by H.E Honorable Roger Nkodo Dang, President of the Pan-African Parliament who welcomed and thanked all participants from African Parliaments and National Assemblies to have attended the conference and the excellent collaboration between those Parliaments and the Pan-African Parliament. He also reminded that the African Youth Decade (2009-2018) is a period for implementing more coordinated and concerted actions to accelerate the achievements of youth empowerment and development.

Rt. Hon. Mukabalisa was elected by participants to the Conference of Speakers of African Parliaments as the Deputy Chairperson of the 9th Annual Conference of Speakers of African Parliaments and National Assemblies.

At this conference, the resource persons made presentations on subjects culled from the general theme among others Ms Francine Muyumba, President of the Pan-African Youth Union as well as Hon. Djidda Mamar Mhamat, Chairperson of the Pan-African Parliament Caucus on Youth who shared the African Youth expectations and commitments as well as the role of National and Regional Parliaments.

They emphasized that National and Regional Parliaments have the power to take appropriate legislative measures to facilitate implementation of the treaties and policies of the Union, especially to empowering the Youth. They are also responsible for adopting budgets for sustaining government action to implement regional treaties and policies and they are also responsible for controlling Government action in terms of implementing the legal frameworks and policies of the Union.

On the first day of the Speakers Conference, they also shared the progress in terms of ratification of the revised Pan-African Parliament Protocol and AU legal instruments on Human Right and Governance which was one of the recommendations of the 8th Annual Conference of Speakers of African Parliaments held on 4 and 5 august 2016 on the theme: ‘From Adoption to Ratification of African Union Treaties, in particular the New Protocol of the Pan-African Parliament: What are the advantages for Africa”.

The Conference will be closed on 11th August 2017 with the adoption of the final communiqué of the Conference and there will be bilateral meetings among the Speakers of the National Parliaments.

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