On the Establishment of the Pan-African Parliament
The inaugural session of the Pan-African Parliament, which is a key body of the African Union, opened on March 18 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Gertrude Mongella from Tanzania is elected the speaker of the new continent-wide structure.
The establishment of the Pan-African Parliament is a major step in terms of the organizational and political formation of the African Union and the strengthening of the integration processes in the African continent as a whole. The start of its practical activities is called upon to assist a more effective solution of the acute problems facing Africa, above all in the field of ensuring a more durable peace and security and creating conditions for the sustainable economic and social development of African states.
Congratulatory messages to the participants of the Pan-African Inaugural Session were sent by Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Sergei Mironov and Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Boris Gryzlov, in which, in particular, they give a high assessment to the whole range of Russian-African ties, note the important role of inter-parliamentary contacts, and express readiness for their further improvement and the fostering toward this end of cooperation between the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Pan-African Parliament.