The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) is set to host the Fourth Ordinary Session of the fifth Parliament from 21 May to 04 June 2021 at the PAP precincts in Midrand, South Africa.
Deliberations of this Session will be guided by the African Union (AU) theme for 2021: “Year of the Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want.’’ In addition to a workshop on the AU theme of the year, the Session will consider and adopt several reports of the Permanent Committees. The activity report of the PAP as well as discussions on the budget and modifications of the PAP Rules of Procedure will also take centre stage.
His Excellency Vipya Harawa, the Clerk of the Parliament said it
will be a unique session as it ushers in new leadership. In his words,
“The term of the Bureau of the fifth Parliament will come to an end in May 2021. As a result, election of the new Members of the Bureau of the PAP will take place on 31 May 2021 on the side-lines of the Session. The leadership of other structures of the Parliament, including Permanent Committees and regional and thematic caucuses will also be renewed.”
The Clerk of Parliament stresses that the election of the new Bureau of the PAP promotes good governance and positions the PAP as an efficient, citizen-oriented, transparent and accountable Pan-African institution that has the concerns and aspirations of African people at heart.
At least 120 new delegates from different countries will be sworn in as Members of the PAP following elections in a number of African States and rotation within delegations. This Ordinary Session follows the recently concluded virtual Sitting of the Permanent Committees.