Tuesday 16 May 2023

Upper House Speaker Meets with Several African Parliamentary Leaders in Johannesburg

Upper House Speaker Meets with Several African Parliamentary Leaders in Johannesburg

Speaker of the House of Councillors Enaam Mayara met on Monday in Johannesburg with several African parliamentary officials, on the sidelines of the second ordinary session of the sixth legislature of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP).

Mayara held talks with the PAP President Fortune Charumbira, the Speaker of the Senate of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Modeste Bahati Lukwebo, and the Speaker of the Senate of Kenya Amason Jeffah Kingi.

In a statement to MAP, Morocco's Upper House Speaker said the meeting with Charumbira focused on ways to strengthen parliamentary cooperation, consolidate the pan-African parliamentary institution’s performance, as well as the Moroccan Parliament’s contribution to hosting some of the PAP’s activities and the support of its skills.

"It is thus to begin a new stage of fruitful joint work with the PAP, after Morocco’s return to the institutions of the African Union (AU), as part of a partnership that is taking shape between the two parties," he argued.

Emphasizing the importance of developing parliamentary cooperation, Mayara noted that Morocco chairs the Association of Senates, Shura and equivalent Councils of Africa and the Arab world (ASSECAA), while the Parliament of the Kingdom, with its two chambers, has concluded many agreements with African countries that are being implemented.

Regarding the meeting with Lukwebo, the Speaker of the House of Councillors stressed that the two parties discussed the latest developments in the security situation in the DRC, reiterating Morocco’s position regarding the security, stability, unity and sovereignty of this African country.

The discussions also focused on ways to promote relations between the Moroccan House of Councillors and the Congolese Senate, in accordance with the distinguished bilateral relations between the two countries.

Furthermore, Mayara said that the talks with Jeffah Kingi focused on strengthening relations between the two Chambers, especially after Kenya’s accession to the ASSECAA.

The Moroccan Parliament is thus building distinguished relations both bilaterally and at the PAP level, he added, noting that Morocco's return to the AU constitutes a real added value for joint African parliamentary action.

 MAP: 15 mai 2023