THE ACP-EU JOINT PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY
The Parliament of Kenya will be hosting the 44th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and the 32nd Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly from December 14 to 21, 2016 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi. It is expected that there will be approximately five hundred (500) participants, who are Members of Parliament, drawn from the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries as well as the European Union (EU) Member States.
His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, CGH, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces of the Republic of Kenya will officially open the 32nd Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly on December 19, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Background to ACP –EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) was created out of a common desire to bring together the elected representatives of the European Community - the Members of the European Parliament (EP) - and the elected representatives of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states that have signed the Cotonou Agreement.
The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly is a democratic, parliamentary institution which aims to promote and defend democratic processes in order to guarantee the right of people to choose their own development objectives and how to attain them. It also aims at promoting the interdependence of North and South.
A substantial part of the work of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly is directed towards promoting human rights and democracy and the common values of humanity. The JPA has produced joint commitments undertaken within the framework of the UN conferences.
Composition and working of the ACP-EU
The representatives of the 78 ACP States who, under the Cotonou Agreement, must be members of Parliament, meet their 78 European Parliament counterparts in plenary session for one week twice a year. The Joint Parliamentary Assembly meets alternately in an ACP country and an EU country. The institution is governed by common, democratic rules.
Two Co-Presidents who are elected by the Assembly direct its work. Twenty-four vice-presidents (12 European and 12 ACP) who are also elected by the Assembly constitute the Bureau of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly, together with the two Co-Presidents. The Bureau meets several times a year in order to ensure the continuity of the work of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly and to prepare new initiatives aimed at reinforcing and improving cooperation. Three Standing Committees (Committee on Political Affairs, Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade, and Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment) have been created to draw up substantive proposals which are then voted on by the Joint Parliamentary Assembly.
Nairobi will open its doors to welcome these Parliamentarians from 78 ACP states and their counterparts from the 27 member states of the EU as they gather to deliberate on the various economic, political and social issues that will impact on the development and peaceful co-existence of all their nations.
So we say to our delegates, Karibuni Kenya!