Parliament of Ghana Approves Report by Delegation to the Pan-African Parliament


Hon. Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak. Member of Parliament for Asawase Constituency and Minority Chief Whip of Ghana's Parliament. Image courtesy of PAP Media

The Parliament of Ghana on Friday, is reported to have formally accepted the report detailing the outcomes of its delegation’s participation in the Second Ordinary Session of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP). This session, which took place from May 15th to June 2nd, 2023, in Midrand, South Africa, was centered around the overarching theme of “Advancing the Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA),” as set by the African Union (AU) for the year 2023.

Mr. Joseph Osei-Owusu, the First Deputy Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament and a key member of the country’s delegation to the PAP, presented the comprehensive report during a session of the House. The presentation was supported by Mr. Collins Dauda, a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for Asutifi South and also a member of the PAP.

The Ghanaian delegation was comprised of other distinguished members, including Mr. Frank Annoh-Dompreh, the Majority Chief Whip and NPP MP for Nsawam-Adoagyiri; Madam Ophelia Mensah Hayford, NPP MP for Mfantseman; and Mr. Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, NDC MP for Asawase.

In his address to the House, Mr. Osei-Owusu, who is serving his second term as a PAP member, outlined that the Second Session of the PAP’s Sixth Parliament convened in accordance with Article 4(2) of the protocol of the Treaty establishing the African Community relating to the PAP, as well as rule 28 of its rules and procedures. Article 4(2) stipulates that every Member State must be represented by five delegates, with at least one being a woman.

The session covered a range of significant topics through various workshops, including discussions on Science and Technology, Transport and Industry, Information and Digital Rights, and Internet Governance.

Dr. Cassiel Ato Baah Forson, the Minority Leader, expressed the House’s appreciation for the participation of esteemed members in the PAP. He expressed confidence in their ability to make decisions that are in the best interest of Ghana and the continent at large.


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