I am honoured to warmly welcome you to our country and would like to greet all of you on behalf of the South African Government and the people of South Africa. Let me take this opportunity to congratulate the President and the Vice Presidents of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) on their elections during the previous session.
I would like to assure you of our continued support to the PAP and we remain available for engagements on issues you may wish to raise with us at all times. This 1st Ordinary Session takes place on the backdrop of a successful 25th African Union (AU) Summit held in Johannesburg in June 2015. The Summit was held under the theme: “Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063.”
I am delighted that you decided to convene, on the margins of this Session, the 2015 Women Conference under the June AU Summit theme. This is a clear demonstration of your resolve and commitment to work towards the realisation of the 25th AU Summit declaration on the theme. As you may be aware, the AU has made many declarations over the years but has been found wanting when it comes to implementation. Your commitment and dedication in this regard is commended.