The Bureau, Representatives of other leadership structures of Parliament including Permanent Committees and Regional Caucuses, and selected Parliamentarians held a preparatory meeting ahead of the Retreat between the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) and the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) of the African Union. The Retreat will take place on 19 and 20 December 2022.
Chairing the preparatory meeting this morning, the President of the PAP, H.E Hon. Chief. Charumbira told participants that the engagement with the PRC is a “make or break” for the Continental Parliament as he stressed the importance for PAP Parliamentarians to fine-tune their positions.
The Retreat with the PRC will seek to critically reflect on the challenges affecting the effective exercise by the PAP of its mandate within the African Union institutional architecture, including interrogating the efficacy of the present institutional arrangements and whether they enable the PAP to achieve its mandate; assessing the current legal status and incentives for PAP Members and how it impacts on their work and the overall attainment of the PAP’s mandate; and, exploring better opportunities for sustainable inter-organ synergies and increased institutional support for the PAP.
Comprised of Permanent Representatives to the AU and other plenipotentiaries of Member States, the PRC acts as an advisory body to the Executive Council, considers the AU’s program and budget and makes recommendations to the Executive Council, and monitors the implementation of the AU Budget.