The Chairperson of the African Union, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma addressed the National Assembly during an Extraordinary Sitting this morning. Before addressing the House, the Chairperson met with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Dr. Patrick Herminie where they discussed the possibility of the National Assembly of Seychelles becoming a member of the Pan-African-Parliament, the legislative body of the African Union. The Chairperson pledged to give her full support to the Assembly in its bid to join the Pan-African-Parliament.
The Chairperson then addressed the National Assembly where she spoke of the challenges faced by the African continent especially with regards to ensuring the empowerment of women and young people as well as the unique challenges faced by island states in Africa. The Chairperson commended the National Assembly on the level of women participation in the Assembly, and also commended the Seychelles as a country for attaining such a high level of human development and maintaining the pan-african values of unity and solidarity. H.E. Dr. Dlamini-Zuma spoke of the consensus taken at the 21st Summit which called for AU island states to ‘take ownership of, preserve and protect their oceanic spaces and resources’ with a view to maintaining their Blue Economy and contributing towards the prosperity of their people.
After the Extraordinary Sitting, Dr. Dlamini-Zuma paid a courtesy call on the Leader of Government Business, Hon. Marie-Antoinette Rose and the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Hon. David Pierre. H.E. Dr. Dlamini-Zuma also had the opportunity to meet with the other Members in a cocktail hosted by the Speaker.