The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has budgeted an amount of $11.6 million ($11,685,390) for its operations for the year 2014, it announced today May 13, 2013.

The PAP says $2.7 million will cover administrative costs and the $8.9 million will be allotted to operational costs.

The body, in a statement, explains that the 2014 budget covers the holding of two Ordinary Sessions of the PAP for a maximum duration of ten working days each, of two meetings of the PAP Bureau, the holding of two joint meetings of the Bureau and Bureaus of Committees and the holding of two sitting of Committees, all coinciding with the Ordinary Sessions.

According to the PAP, the 2014 budget seeks to achieve the key priorities, which are the effective implementation of the policies and objectives of the African Union (AU); the implementation of the Principles of Human Rights and Democracy in Africa; the promotion of good governance, respect for law, transparency and accountability; the promoting of peace, security and stability in Africa; the improving of institutional and technical capacity at PAP; the promotion of cooperation among regional economic communities (RECs) in Africa and the encouragement of continental solidarity, cooperation and development to build common destiny in Africa.

The Parliament indicated that its 2013 budget, which was considered and adopted during Friday?s Plenary Session stands at $15,631,922.00, with $11.6 million allotted to operational costs and $3.9 million allotted to programme budget.

By Ekow Quandzie

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