SOUTHERN AFRICAN GROUPING PLANS TO TURN SADC PARLIAMENTARY FORUM INTO A REGIONAL PARLIAMENT

MAHE, SEYCHELLES, The Speaker of the Angolan National Assembly, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, has re-affirmed the intention to turn the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum into the sub-regional grouping's Parliament.

Addressing the opening of the 41st session of the plenary assembly of the SADC Parliamentary Forum here Monday, being held under the theme, "Exploiting the demographic dividend through youth investments", he pledged to keep working on the long-standing aspiration of the forum to transform into a Regional Parliament.

For this purpose, he sought the advice and support of the President of Seychelles, Danny Faure.

He recalled that the SADC-PF, had been set up in 1997 as part of the efforts to achieve regional integration to provide a valuable platform for dialogue and sharing of experiences among democratically elected parliamentarians and as a consultative body for the southern Africa sub-region.

Dos Santos added that the theme of this year's meeting reflected the continent's demographic structure which has a high proportion of young people of working age.

The five-day session of the forum is being chaired by dos Santos, who was elected to helm the body in November 2016.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK