The 5th ordinary session of the fourth Pan African Parliament (PAP) was officially opened in Johannesburg on Monday with a call to implement the African Union protocols for the benefit of African citizens.

South African Minister of International Trade and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane officially opened the parliament on behalf of President Jacob Zuma.

In her address, she called for the August house to deliberate issues which will help the continent achieve its dreams.

“The need to achieve peace and a decent life for all of our people should drive our continental resolve and be our uniting, rallying call. While we have recorded some successes in the past, more must be done in pursuit of our shared continental vision and trajectory as encapsulated in the African Union’s Agenda 2063,” said Nkoana-Mashabane.

Roger Nkodo Dang, President of the PAP stated that, “The PAP has achieved tremendous success over the past year. We can for instance note the diplomatic regarding the decision by the U.S. to ease sanctions on Sudan following advocacy efforts led by our institution.”

The parliamentarians from different countries will deliberate on various issues which includes rural economy, agriculture, natural resources and environment.

They will also discuss trade, customs and immigration, among other issues. The PAP will wrap up their deliberations on October 20. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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