The Democracy, Governance and Human Rights Standing Committee of the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) held its meeting in Johannesburg from 26-28 April, 2018. During the meeting Hon. Wavel Ramkalawan was unanimously elected Chairperson of the Standing Committee. Through his election, Seychelles, through the National Assembly will hold the office for a term of 2 years.
It is the first time in the SADC PF history that a Seychellois parliamentarian is elected as Chairperson of a Standing Committee. This Standing Committee is a very important one of the SADC Parliamentary Forum. As its name indicates, its main goal is to foster a greater role for all member states in enhancing and overlooking all issues of democracy, the respect of the rights of individuals and enhancing the promotion of a rule of law state. A further task of the Committee is to select and send election observer missions to SADC countries during elections.
This new responsibility falls in line with the chairmanship that Hon. Ramkalawan holds on the Committee on Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity at the National Assembly, which has recently submitted its report to the President for the establishing of a Truth, Reconciliation and National Commission. Hon. Ramkalawan has made significant contributions to the National Assembly of Seychelles and will continue this work as the Chairperson on the Democracy, Governance and Human Rights Standing Committee.
The National Assembly of Seychelles is represented in the SADC PF with the following members:
Hon. Regina Esparon, Hon. Chantal Ghislain, Hon. Terence Mondon, Hon. Wavel Ramkalawan and Hon. Egbert Aglae.
Editor’s note: The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) was established in 1997 in accordance with Article 9 (2) of the SADC Treaty as an autonomous institution of SADC. It is a regional inter-parliamentary body composed of fourteen (14) parliaments representing over 3500 parliamentarians in the SADC region. These member parliaments are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Its mission is to facilitate strategic partnerships within the SADC region, promote information sharing, initiate and implement projects that enhance regional integration and promote effective and professional parliamentary practice.