Central African Republic Ratifies Malabo Protocol, Supporting Pan-African Parliament’s Legislative Powers


President Touadera of Central African Republic. Image from PUBLIC DOMAIN

The Central African Republic on May 30, made a significant stride in promoting African integration by becoming the latest country to ratify the Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) Relating to the Pan-African Parliament, also known as the Malabo Protocol. On February 9, 2018, the Central African Republic became the 15th nation to sign the Protocol, joining a growing list of countries supporting this pivotal agreement.

Central African Republic Presidential Decree announcing the ratification of the Malabo Protocol. Image courtesy of PAP Media

Adopted on June 27, 2014, in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, the Malabo Protocol aims to enhance the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) by granting it legislative powers beyond making recommendations and Model Laws. This development is a crucial milestone for the PAP within the AU, as it paves the way for the institution to acquire full legislative authority once a minimum of 28 countries ratify the Protocol.

The Central African Republic’s decision to endorse the Protocol underscores its unwavering commitment to advancing African integration and strengthening legislative institutions that drive progress across the continent. Through the ratification of the Malabo Protocol, the Central African Republic demonstrates its active role in shaping Africa’s future and fostering regional cooperation.

The Pan-African Parliament serves as a crucial platform for African parliamentarians to engage in substantive discussions, debates, and decision-making processes on matters of continental significance. Empowering the PAP with legislative powers through the Malabo Protocol is a substantial step toward achieving a more integrated and united Africa, where legislative institutions play a pivotal role in driving development and prosperity.

The Central African Republic’s commitment to ratifying the Malabo Protocol aligns with the broader objectives of the AU, which include promoting African unity, peace, and sustainable development. By actively participating in the advancement of the PAP, the Central African Republic joins a growing community of nations dedicated to shaping Africa’s collective future.

As more African countries ratify the Protocol, the Pan-African Parliament is poised to become an even more influential institution in shaping the continent’s legislative landscape. The Malabo Protocol, by granting expanded powers to the PAP, sets the stage for a stronger, more cohesive Africa, where legislative institutions play a central role in addressing shared challenges and driving progress.


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