The Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia Right Honourable Justice Dr. Patrick Matibini, SC, FCIArb, MP has commended the Pan-African Parliament for fostering an environment that supports the realization of the African Union vision, and the implementation of the Agenda 2063, themed, “The Africa We Want.”

Speaking when he delivered his message of solidarity during the opening ceremony of the Fourth Ordinary Session of the Fifth Parliament of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) on Monday, 24th May, 2021 in Midrand, South Africa,   the Speaker said, the role of the Pan-African Parliament in creating awareness among the peoples of Africa regarding continental solidarity, cooperation, development, and promotion of peace, security and stability on the African continent could not be over-emphasized. He also acknowledged the contribution of the Pan-African Parliament in championing peace and unity among African countries in line with the African Union’s vision of “an Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena”.

Speaker Matibini stated that 2020 and 2021 have been unprecedented years as the entire world is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic and that the African Continent and Parliament in particular had not been spared from the scourge, he however, stated that the spirit of resilience and adaptability had enabled Parliament to forge ahead. Mr Speaker reported to the Pan-African Parliament that in the midst of the pandemic, the Zambian Parliament has had to adjust the rules of procedure in order to safeguard lives and adhere to Covid-19 guidelines. He added that the Zambian Parliament had resorted to utilising virtual platforms for conducting parliamentary business. He further stated that the ability to adapt to change had enabled the Zambian Parliament to continue fulfilling its legislative, oversight and representative mandates. In the same vein, Speaker Matibini praised the Pan-African Parliament for adopting a virtual mode of conducting business in order to continue fulfilling its mandate amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fourth Ordinary Session of the fifth Parliament of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) will hold from 24th May to 4th  June 2021 in Midrand, South Africa. The Session will be guided by the African Union (AU) theme for the year 2021: “Year of the Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want.’’