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Pan African Parliament moves towards becoming a fully fledged legislative body
15-December-2015

The Pan African Parliament’s revised Protocol was adopted by the African Union Summit of June 2014. The Revised Protocol will, after ratification by the Member States, replace the maiden Protocol that came into force in December 2003 and culminated in the inauguration of the Pan African Parliament in March 2004. The revised Protocol intends to transform the Pan African Parliament (PAP) into a parliamentary organ of the African Union (AU) with legislative responsibilities in the AU governance structure. It is expected that, once the Revised Protocol is in force, the operations of the PAP will be affected in several ways due to the conferment of additional responsibilities which were not envisaged in the maiden protocol.

In preparation towards becoming the legislative arm of the AU with law-making powers, the PAP commissioned a study to help it understand and appreciate what it would mean to run the institution as a classical parliament with the mandate to legislate, oversee other organs of the AU and represent the people of Africa and the interest of the African Diaspora.

ACEPA, between October and December 2015 undertook an "Assessment of the Implications of the Revised Protocol of the Pan African parliament". The assessment process involved data collection and interaction with regional and continental parliaments, AU organs, PAP members and several other stakeholders of the PAP. There were also a series of feedback meetings and validation sessions between the research team and the PAP. The study came out with a number of conclusions and recommendations for the PAP as well as a road map for the implementation of the recommendations. Of immediate concern to the PAP is to get the required number of ratifications that would bring the protocol into force.