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12 African countries meet to intervene on regional challenges

20 January 2015, 22:59 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Senior government officials from 12 African countries will meet in Nairobi from Tuesday to Thursday to seek interventions on regional governance, resource utilization and social integration.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to open the conference to be attended by six MPs and 12 Speakers from each country that form the Forum of Parliaments of Member States of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (FP-ICGLR) and a delegation from AU.

The FP-ICGLR Secretary General, Prosper Higiro who paid a courtesy call to the Senate Speaker, Ekwe Ethuro, said the conference aims at bringing a significant parliamentary contribution to the implementation of the Pact on Security, Stability and development in the Great Lakes Region. 

“Five intervention priority fields during our Fifth Plenary Assembly conference include democracy and good governance, peace and security, humanitarian and social issues, economic development, natural resources and regional integration, gender, children and vulnerable persons,” said Higiro.

The 12 Great Lakes Region Member States include Angola, Burundi, Central Africa Republic, Kenya, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.

Higiro reiterated that the conference will also seek interventions on the political, security and humanitarian situation especially in Central Africa Republic, South Sudan and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in addition to adoption of regional mechanisms in the fight against illegal exploitation of natural resources and minerals.

“The Assembly Plenary will debate and make decisions on promotion of policies and programmes promoting youth employment by the development of basic infrastructures and promotion of investments in the region, adoption of the Activity and Financial Report for 2014, the 2015 – 2016 Action Plan as well as the internal capacity development of the FP-ICGLR,” said Higiro.

However, the Secretary General noted that Zambia will not take part in the conference due to the general elections that will kick off tomorrow.

The FP-ICGLR is an inter-governmental organization of countries in the African Great Lakes Region founded in 2 000 whose establishment was based on the recognition that political instability and conflicts in these countries has a considerable dimension thus require a concerted effort to promote sustainable peace and development.  

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