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Workshop for Joint Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP)

Upon request from the AU/DREA, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will provide technical assistance to the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) for the execution of the following Technical Cooperation Project (TCP):

Strengthening capacities of  Parliamentarians in Africa  for an enabling environment for Food Security and Nutrition including the right to adequate food

Background:

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) is one of AU’s eleven organs with a purpose of representing the African people, as set out in article 17 of the AU Constitutive Act: “to ensure the full participation of African peoples in the development and economic integration of the continent”. The Parliament has up to 250 members representing the 54 AU Member States. Its current mandate is to exercise advisory and consultative powers, while the new protocol granting full legislative powers has been adopted by the AU and is currently under ratification by member states. The PAP has eleven Permanent Committees, all of which discuss thematic issues. The Committees are composed by Parliamentarians. It adopts its own Rules of Procedure, and these include provisions governing its functions, powers, voting, organs, committees and caucuses. One of its objectives is to facilitate cooperation among Regional Economic Communities and their Parliamentary fora.