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 Protocol establishing the PAP was ratified by 49 Member States. The total number of Members of the PAP is 205. 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 year 2014 will mark 10 years of existence of the PAP. In fashioning the future of governance and development in Africa, there is need to learn from the mistakes, innovations and strengths of historical governance processes and architecture and there is no better way than to ask the principal/primary actors who include current or former Presidents in Africa, civil society organisations, academia, youth, women and people with disabilities, former and current Speakers of provincial, regional and national Parliaments, Ministers who were PAP MPs, African Parliamentarians in the Diaspora, former MPs of the PAP to give their perspective on African governance processes and institutions. Currently the Presidents of Sierra Leone, Ghana and now Mali are former PAP members. These have been invited to participate in the proceedings of the Session.
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.As the Pan African Parliament celebrates its 10 years of establishment, it is focusing on the citizens and their voices in the political and economic development of the continent.
In this regard, the PAP is dedicating a week of its sessions to ensuring that it provides a platform for different African voices to be heard and to reflect on how to further strengthen its linkages with the African citizenry and how best to achieve the goals of Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance.
The seat of the Parliament is in Midrand, South Africa.
For more information, please read the Concept Note – 10 years celebrations FEB 2014VERS2 and see the Overview of the Programme.