Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:24 - Updated Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:23
SADC Parliament again under discussion
Luanda - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers ends its two-day meeting in Namibian capital Windhoek on Saturday.
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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Manuel Augusto, represents Angola at SADC Council of Ministers
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One of the issues highlighted in the analysis was the proposal to transform the SADC Parliamentary Forum into Parliament, an issue which, moreover, is open to timely implementation.
Indeed, there is nothing to prevent progress in this direction, even as the foundations of the SADC Parliament's institutionalization proposal are quite clear.
The first of these major lines of force is that Parliament will not interfere with the sovereignty of Member States, considering that SADC bodies do not have autonomous powers to legislate on matters that do not have their consent.
In another sense, the Regional Parliament will have a consultative function, with a limited mandate and its deliberations will only be recommendations and will not be binding on the Member States.
Similarly, it will have no financial implications, bearing in mind that the SADC Parliamentary Forum is already functioning as a modeled Assembly in a Parliament.
Another aspect to be taken into account is that the Regional Parliament will promote political and economic dialogue. Indeed, it will serve as a platform to accelerate the deepening of regional integration, good governance and human rights, as well as electoral observation in the Member States.
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