The three day 49th session of the SADC-PF is set for Botswana from the 25th of this month with the thrust of informing on the role parliament has in realising the gains of the AfCFTA.
By Tatenda Mujeyi
HARARE – The three day 49th session of the SADC-PF is set for Botswana from the 25th of this month with the thrust of informing on the role parliament has in realising the gains of the AfCFTA.
The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) will hold its 49th Plenary Assembly Virtual Session on the role Parliaments can play in leveraging the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) from Friday, 25 to Sunday, 27 June 2021.” A statement issued by the SADC-PF reads.
The session is this year being hosted under the government of Botswana’s collaboration, virtually, with the aim of understanding the role parliament has in the post covid recovery process in an era of the AfCFTA.
“The Plenary Session, to be hosted virtually in collaboration with the Parliament of Botswana, will be held under the theme: “Leveraging the AfCFTA for Post-Covid Economic Recovery in Southern Africa: The Role of SADC Parliamentary Forum and National Parliaments.” The statement further elaborated.
The three day session is set to evolve, a symposium, reports from standing committee’s, tabling of motion’s from member states, and the swearing in of new members.
“Items scheduled during the three-day 49th Plenary Assembly includes an opening ceremony to be addressed by Botswana President, H.E. Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, a Symposium on the Theme, Swearing in of New Members, consideration of Standing Committee Reports and Members’ Motions.” The statement further emphasised.
The Symposium will seek to familiarize members on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement AfCFTA, with the AFTCTA and SADC Secretariat as well as the regional custom’s union, Southern African Custom’s Union and SADC-PF member representatives in attendance.
“The Symposium will have presentations from different key role players including the AfCFTA Secretariat, the SADC Secretariat, the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), and the Government of Botswana as the hosts of the 49th Plenary Assembly Virtual Session. The presenters will place emphasis on the domestication process of the AfCFTA, the capacitation of Members, raising of awareness on the key areas, accountability and participation.” The statement said
The plenary is hosted by member states rotationally, and meets twice a year with the aim to strategize on policy issues with Speakers and any five parliamentarians from member state’s in attendance.
“The Plenary Assembly, which meets twice a year hosted by one of the member Parliaments on a rotational basis, is the policy-making and deliberative body of the SADC Parliamentary Forum which is constituted by the Speakers and up to five other representatives elected by each national Parliament.”
The process of the Parliamentary session will be hosted live on DSTV and will be live streaming on the Regional Parly forums social media pages.
“ The Plenary Assembly will be broadcast live on DSTV Channel 408 and live streamed on the SADC-PF platforms on the links below: Facebook: , Twitter: ,YouTube: .” the statement read.
“As the apex parliamentary body in the SADC region, the SADC Parliamentary Forum has a critical role to play in ensuring a coordinated and collaborative approach by Parliaments in building the requisite capacity for parliamentarians and relevant parliamentary committees on how they can utilise their law-making and oversight mandate to ensure the effective implementation of the AfCFTA and build a more inclusive and equitable post-Covid SADC region.” The statement emphasised.

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