+27 71 448 3496

PAP’s mission is to build a better future for Africa

Share Article
WhyAfrica was at the official opening of the First Ordinary Session of the Sixth Parliament of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP)and will be covering this important event for the next two weeks. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica

PAP’s mission is to build a better future for Africa  

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, representing the Guest of Honour H.E Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, has declared open the First Ordinary Session of the Sixth Parliament of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), on Monday, 31 October 2022.

With pressing global issues top of mind, and the African continent at the centre of debates about energy, climate change, conflict and food security, the PAP’s role in Africa’s development continues to be scrutinised after a return to full functionality in June 2022 this year, following the election of a new leadership.

Members of the continental Parliament are convening until 11 November 2022 under the African Union theme of 2022: “Building resilience in nutrition on the African continent: Accelerate the human capital, social and economic development.”

In his keynote address, Lamola pledged the continued support of the South African government to the operations of the PAP. He reflected that the work of Parliamentarians during this Session should help advance socio-economic development, as well as democracy, human rights and the rule of law as individual representatives of African States, through the strengthening of accountability mechanisms at the national level, but also help to forge common pathways towards regional and continental integration.

Highlighting the rebranding of the PAP and the process to reform and restructure the Parliament to make it more efficient and relevant as we face the critical challenges of a new world, the President of the PAP, H.E. Hon. Chief Fortune Charumbira of Zimbabwe, underscored the role of the institution he leads in the continental development agenda.

“Clearly, the PAP has a critical role to play in ensuring that the subjects of themes past and present do not fall off the radar when our people, our Member States and our continent are still struggling with those issues. It is clearly within our remit as the continental oversight organ to continue following up on the effective implementation of the policies and programmes of the Union notwithstanding the fact that a particular theme has elapsed,” said Charumbira.

“We salute you,” Baroness Patricia Scotland KC, Commonwealth Secretary-General, told new PAP members in her special statement to parliament. Scotland was one of the four special guests at the opening ceremony. “The role of the PAP is now more important than ever, and its members will have to lead us into a better, brighter future, despite glaring challenges,” she said.

The importance of agriculture, and the role that climate change and the African Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), will play in assuring food security on the continent, was emphasised by Sidie Mohamed Tunis, Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament. Tunis delivered the first message of solidarity to Parliament in the morning.

“Africa has huge agricultural potential, but we must invest in the entire food chain and inter-continental trade through the AfCFTA. This is key if we want to end hunger on the continent, said Tunis.

After Rawhi Fattouh, Speaker of the Palestine National Council thanked the PAP for its support in the Palestine struggle, he reminded parliament that African countries played a significant role in ending colonialism, but that the fight is not over yet. “Remember, you are the voice of Africa, and Africa needs to speak with one voice. We are under the same sky,” he added.

Source: Pan African Parliament

PAP’s mission is to build a better future for Africa

WhyAfrica was at the official opening of the First Ordinary Session of the Sixth Parliament of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), and will be covering this important event for the next two weeks.

WhyAfrica reports about, and publishes newsletters, magazines and research reports about natural resources and the primary sectors of African economies, and the infrastructure, equipment and engineering methods needed to extract and utilise these resources in an efficient, responsible, sustainable, ethic and environmentally friendly way, so that it will benefit the people of Africa.

Furthermore, WhyAfrica promotes Africa as an investment and travel destination, analyses the continent’s business environment and investment opportunities, and reports on how the political economy of African countries affects its development.         

WhyAfrica provides you with business intelligence that matters. Africa is our business, and we want it to be yours too. To subscribe to WhyAfrica’s free newsletter or digital magazine, and for more news on Africa, visit the website at www.whyafrica.co.za or send a direct message. WhyAfrica launched its first ever digital magazine in November 2021.

The company will undertake its annual road trip through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, the DRC, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya in 2023. If you are interested in sponsorship or advertising opportunities, please contact me at leon@whyafrica.co.za. We have a wide range of different packages and combo deals to give your company the greatest exposure to a rapidly growing, African readership.  

The 2022 Southern Africa Road trip issue of WhyAfrica’s magazine is now available in print. The magazine was distributed in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana during WhyAfrica’s 2022 Southern Africa Overland Road Trip, the company’s new and innovative platform. WhyAfrica has expanded its product range and now offers its readers, followers, advertisers, subscribers and partners the following:

  • Daily 24/7 online articles on WhyAfrica’s website (FREE)
  • Daily updates on WhyAfrica’s social media platforms (FREE)
  • Newsletters delivered to a handpicked audience every two weeks (FREE)
  • Two printed magazine per year distributed at large events and during our road trips across Africa featuring original, in-depth articles (FREE) with great, on-site photographs by the WhyAfrica team (FOR SALE UPON REQUEST)
  • Four digital magazines per year (FREE)
  • Live updates, video clips, articles, and podcasts during and after WhyAfrica’s annual road trips (Southern Africa in 2022, East Africa in 2023 and West Africa in 2024) (FREE)
  • Sponsorship and advertising opportunities for the annual WhyAfrica Overland Road Trips (PAID FOR)
  • A library where companies doing business in Africa can display scientific or research papers (PAID FOR)
  • A product section where companies doing business in Africa can display new offerings or services (PAID FOR)
  • Media partnerships with, and a presence at, most of the major conferences and exhibitions in the African mining, energy, agriculture, infrastructure, water management, ESG, environmental management, tourism, development, and conservation sectors (FREE)
  • WhyAfrica connects potential investors with new ventures in Africa and suppliers and service providers with existing companies in Africa (PAID FOR)
  • WhyAfrica assists companies in generating content focused on the wider African business community (PAID FOR)
  • Partnerships with companies doing business in Africa (PAID FOR)
  • Partnerships with companies thinking about expanding into Africa (PAID FOR)
  • In 2023 subscribers will have access to our in-depth articles about the African political economy, research, and country reports about the countries we visit on our road trips, and trends in the sectors that we cover (PAID FOR)
  • A WhyAfrica book is in the pipeline and if all goes according to plan, should be published towards the end of 2023 (PAID FOR)
  • The WhyAfrica consultancy arm assists and advises companies doing business in Africa through utilising our extensive global business network (PAID FOR)

Become part of the WhyAfrica community. Tell us your story. Expand your footprint across Africa and partner with us to make the most of your African experience. 

PAP’s mission is to build a better future for Africa       

Share Article


AgricultureEnvironmental Management & Climate ChangeEnergyESGInfrastructureMiningPolitical EconomyTourism and ConservationWater Management