Members of the Bureau of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) continued their stakeholder engagement process ahead of the African Union (AU) Summit with a courtesy call on Prof. Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, Head of the AU Reform Implementation Unit. The aim of the visit was to seek an update on the Institutional Reform process currently underway in the AU.
In 2016 African leaders decided that Institutional Reforms of the African Union (AU) were urgent and necessary given the role the AU is expected to play in driving and achieving Africa’s Agenda 2063 vision of inclusive economic growth and development. In order to implement the reform, five main areas are at the center of the discourse: Focusing on fewer priority areas with continental scope, Institutional Realignment, Connecting the AU with African Citizenry, Management of AU at the political and operational levels and Sustainable Financing of AU programmes.
The mandate of the PAP and its place within the AU architecture will be clarified during this reform process. Prof Moukoko Mbonjo emphasised that the AU’s objective connect with African citizens makes the Continental Parliament a key priority as the continental institution embarks on a journey to redefine its trajectory. The PAP Bureau was assured that the process is now fully underway and consultation between the PAP and the Reform team is expected in March this year.