52nd Plenary Assembly Session

The Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Phandu T.C. Skelemani will lead the Parliament delegation to the SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) to attend the 52nd Plenary Assembly Session of the Forum to be held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, from the 4th to 11th December 2022. The 52nd Plenary Assembly Session of the SADC Parliamentary Forum will be held under the theme β€œThe Role of Parliaments in Strengthening Legislative Frameworks for Peace and Security in the SADC Region.”

During the Plenary Session, The Speaker of the National Assembly of Botswana, Hon. Phandu T.C Skelemani will be elected to serve in the Executive Committee of the Forum as per the Forum’s Rule 43(1) (b) of the Rules of Procedure on rotation.

The 52nd Plenary Assembly Session of the SADC Parliamentary

Forum seeks to realise the following objectives, amongst others;

> To promote inter-parliamentary cooperation, diplomacy and solidarity amongst SADC Member Parliaments, and to celebrate the SADC identity;

> To take stock of the legislative frameworks for peace and security, both at inter-state and intra-state level;

> to deliberate on the role and contributions of parliamentary engagement to the peace and security discourse in SADC bearing in mind the complementary efforts already made by the relevant SADC organs;

> To consider the avenues where Parliaments may contribute to promote regional and international peace, in view of pursuing with Africa Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 16 on the promotion of peaceful societies.

The Botswana delegation further comprises the following Members of Parliament;

1. Hon. Talita Monnakgotla, MP – Member of Parliament for Kgalagadi North and Assistant Minister for Local Government and Rural Development

2. Hon. Dithapelo Keorapetse, MP – Leader of Opposition and Member of Parliament for Selibe Phikwe West

The Honourable Members will depart on the 4th December and are expected back home on the 12th December 2022.

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