Summit calls for collaboration to tackle Africa’s security challenges
The first Africa Legislative Summit of heads of African Parliament has called for continuous regional collaboration towards tackling Africa’s numerous security challenges, given that individual country solution is inadequate.
This was contained in a communiqué at the end of the meeting held from 10th-13th November 2013 in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
The speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Abdoulie Bojang, headed the Gambian legislative delegation to this meeting.
It was organised by the National Assembly of Nigeria in collaboration with Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa (AWEPA), with assistance from Africa Business Roundtable (ABR) and Canadian Parliamentary Centre (CPC).
Giving the report of a meeting centered on the theme, “Emerging legislative in Africa: challenges and opportunities,” the Tumana lawmaker, Hon. Netty Baldeh, informed that the participants also called for democracy to be strengthened as an important step towards overcoming development challenges. He said they also stressed that efforts must be made to promote inclusive economic growth, provide infrastructure, create jobs and enhance the security of citizens.
“Participants lauded efforts to promote technical training, small business support programmes in the informal sector and the creation of a conducive environment for private sector development, which are all critical to the desired socio-economic transformation of the African continent,” he indicated.
Hon. Baldeh further told the deputies that the summit further called on governments to show greater commitment to economic and business integration and private sector development through providing the required infrastructure and regulatory environment and commitment to business-friendly policies.
“The summit called on legislatures to engage in beneficial collaboration with industrialised economies and their parliaments to facilitate investments, trade and employment. It further urged African parliaments to develop strategic plans for ICT development and modernisation of official reporting. Also, parliamentary leaders were urged to demonstrate the political will to implement such plans,” Baldeh shared the conclusions of the meeting.
Hon. Sulayman Joof of Serrekunda West constituency seconded the motion and commended the delegation for a wonderful and comprehensive report.
Meanwhile, sittings continue today at the National Assembly Chambers.