Rejuvenation on the horizon as PAP announces 3rd Ordinary Session of its Sixth Parliament

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The vibrancy of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), the legislative arm of the African Union (AU), under the presidency of Chief Fortune Zephania Charumbira, will be restored as the leadership of the institution announced that the 3rd Ordinary Session of its Sixth Parliament will be held from 24th June to 5th July 2024.

This Plenary Session will convene under the African Union (AU) theme for 2024: “Educate an African Fit for the 21st Century: Building Resilient Education Systems for Increased Access to Inclusive, Lifelong, Quality, and Relevant Learning in Africa.” 

The Ordinary Session will take place in the context of the 20th Anniversary of the Continental Parliament.

In addition to the activities of the Plenary Session, the eleven Permanent Committees of Parliament are scheduled to meet during this statutory meeting of the Continental Parliament. The Pan-African Parliament has eleven Committees whose mandate and functions are set out in Rules 22 to 27 in the Pan-African Parliament Rules of Procedure.

The Official opening ceremony of the Session will be held on 24 June 2024, with the closing scheduled for 5 July 2024. The Session will be at the Pan-African Parliament Headquarters in Midrand, South Africa.

Pan-African Parliamentarians, Members of National and Regional Parliaments, Government Officials, Civil Society Organizations, Academia, African Union Member States, the Media, African Union Organs and Institutions, United Nations Organs and Bodies, and the Diplomatic Corps will be in attendance.

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) was set up to ensure the full participation of African peoples in the economic development and integration of the continent. The Parliament 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.

The Rules of Procedure of the Pan-African Parliament mandate that the Parliament holds at least two plenary sessions per year. During these sessions, the plenary reviews report from various committees and makes recommendations for the Heads of State and Government on harmonised policies and laws for the continent. The Parliament also received reports from other AU Organs and African Institutions. The Rules guarantee the right of every African citizen to attend the proceedings of the PAP, as stipulated under Rule 35 of the PAP Rules of Procedure.