Kenya Signs Pan-African Parliament Malabo Protocol to Strengthen African Union Commitment

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The Republic of Kenya, signed the Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) Relating to the Pan-African Parliament.

In a significant development, Dr Alfred Mutua, the Cabinet Secretary (Minister) of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs of The Republic of Kenya, signed the Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) Relating to the Pan-African Parliament. The ceremony took place at the United Nations building in Kenya Gigiri, on the side-lines of the 5th African Union Mid-Year Coordination Meeting (AUMYCM) Summit of Heads of State and Government on Sunday.

The Republic of Kenya, signed the Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) Relating to the Pan-African Parliament. Image from Twitter/@ForeignOfficeKE

The signing of the Protocol underscores Kenya’s commitment to strengthening regional integration and unity within the African Union. The Protocol, in line with the directive issued by President Dr William S. Ruto during his address to the Pan-African Parliament in May, is part of Kenya’s efforts to ratify the Protocol by September 2023.

The Pan-African Parliament, established under Article 17 of the Constitutive Act of the AU, serves as the legislative body of the African Union. It plays a crucial role in promoting democratic governance, peace, security, and development across Africa. Kenya is the 23rd member state to become signatory to the Malabo Protocol [PDF].

Dr Alfred Mutua expressed his enthusiasm regarding this significant milestone, stating, “By signing this Protocol, Kenya reiterates its strong commitment to the African Union and the Pan-African Parliament. We are dedicated to shaping the future of Africa and fostering regional cooperation and integration.”

This signing solidifies Kenya’s active participation within the Pan-African Parliament, providing a platform for Kenyan parliamentarians to contribute to discussions and decision-making processes on continental matters. It allows Kenya to advocate for its interests and contribute to the overall development and progress of Africa.

Kenya’s commitment to the AU extends beyond economic integration. The country has been actively involved in various AU initiatives and has played a crucial role in advancing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which aims to boost intra-African trade and create new economic opportunities.

Furthermore, Kenya has been an ardent supporter of peacekeeping efforts and conflict resolution in the region and beyond. Its active engagement in the Pan-African Parliament aligns with the AU’s peace and security agenda, promoting democratic governance and sustainable development across the continent.

The Republic of Kenya, signed the Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) Relating to the Pan-African Parliament. Image from Twitter/@DrAlfredMutua

The signing of the Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union Relating to the Pan-African Parliament is a significant step toward advancing the AU’s objectives. It fosters collaboration and cooperation among member states, bringing Africa closer to its vision of a united, prosperous, and integrated continent.

As the 5th African Union Mid-Year Coordination Meeting (AUMYCM) Summit of Heads of State and Government continues, Kenya’s commitment to ratify the Protocol by September 2023 highlights the nation’s dedication to working alongside fellow African nations in shaping a brighter future for all.

Kenya’s role in strengthening the Pan-African Parliament and advancing the AU’s agenda positions the nation as a key driver of positive change within Africa. The Republic of Kenya’s commitment to regional integration and its aspirations for a united and prosperous continent exemplify its leadership and determination to drive progress in Africa.

 

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