30 October 2022
Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, will on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa, officially open the first ordinary session of the sixth parliament of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) on Monday, 31 October 2022.
The first ordinary session of the sixth parliament is currently underway at the PAP precinct in Midrand, having started on the 23rd of October, it will end on the 12th of November.
The session is running under the African Union theme for 2022: “Strengthening resilience in nutrition and food security on the African continent: Strengthening Agro-food systems, health and social protection systems for accelerated human, social and economic capital development”.
PAP was set up to ensure the full participation of African peoples in the economic development and integration of the continent.
PAP is intended as a platform for people from all African states to be involved in discussions and decision making on the problems and challenges facing the continent.
Rather than being elected directly by the people, PAP members are designated by the legislatures of their Member State and members of their domestic legislatures. The ultimate aim is for the Parliament to be an institution with full legislative powers, whose members are elected by universal suffrage. Until such time, PAP has consultative, advisory and budgetary oversight powers within the AU.
Members of the media are invited to the opening address by Minister Lamola scheduled as follows:
Date: Monday, 31 October 2022
Venue: Pan African Parliament Precinct, Midrand, Gauteng
Media Confirmations: Sechaba Mphahlele - 083 290 9959
Issued by Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services
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