World Bulletin/News Desk
The pan-African parliament on Saturday celebrated its 10th anniversary in South Africa's economic capital Johannesburg, with lawmakers being treated to a pan-African cultural event as they reflected on the organization's achievements and past mistakes.
Established in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament is the African Union's legislative organ, to which each member state contributes five MPs.
It aims at ensuring full participation of the peoples of Africa and their grassroots organizations in governance and economic integration.
The continental assembly holds two annual plenary sessions – in May and October – while its permanent committees meet in March and August of each year.
The parliament opened its fourth ordinary session last Monday in Johannesburg with 32 new members taking their oath.
In a statement, the parliament president Bethel Nnaemeka Amadi regretted that education, healthcare and gender inequality have "taken a back seat in Africa".
"The time has come for the Pan-African parliament to make a more meaningful contribution to the needs of Africa," he asserted.
Last Mod: 15 Mart 2014, 23:03