Parliament, Tuesday 06 September 2022 – Parliament’s delegate to the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) and Chairperson of the PAP Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline, Mr Thembekile Majola, is this week hosting a four-day Consultative Workshop on the Revision of the PAP Rules of Procedure from Monday 05 to Thursday, 08 September.

The aim of the workshop is to revise the PAP Rules of Procedure, which were last amended in 2011, to reflect the views and aspirations of the various organs and stakeholders of the PAP. Expected outcomes of the revision process includes, amongst others, the identification of gaps and areas of improvements in the current Rules; responsiveness to the contemporary needs of the PAP and strengthen the substance and meaning of the revised Rules of Procedure.

Yesterday, Monday 05 September, the workshop considered two presentations from the PAP Legal Counsel on the gaps and challenges of the current Rules of Procedure and on the first four chapters (Preliminary Provisions; Functions and Powers of the PAP; Members of Parliament; and Organs of the PAP) of the draft Revised Rules.

Today, the session is considering the remaining chapters of the draft Revised Rules and is also scheduled to deal with matters such as Rules for the conduct of Sittings and Debates; Order in the Chamber; Motions, Questions and Petitions; Quasi-Legislative Procedure and Parliamentary Decisions; Relations with other African Union Organs; Relations with National, Regional and International Parliaments; and Relations with Citizens and Civil Society.

Wednesday and Thursday will be dedicated to capacitating Members of the Committee on the process of formulating Model Laws in the current mandate and functions of the PAP – looking at issues, challenges and opportunities; Model Laws as a Tool for the advancement of continental integration and for promotion of domestication of African Union Treaties and Standards. Presentations on past PAP experiences and comparative experiences within the African Union on Model Law formulation will also be explored.


DETAILS OF THE WORKSHOP ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Date: 05 to 08 September 2022

Time: 9am to 5pm

Venue: Indaba Hotel, Corner William Nicol Drive & Pieter Wenning Road, Fourways, Johannesburg


For media interviews with the SA Parliamentary delegation to the PAP, please contact Mr Modise Kabeli on 081 715 9969.


 ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PAP COMMITTEE ON RULES, PRIVILEGES AND DISCIPLINE, MR THEMBEKILE MAJOLA