Rwanda is hosting the 61st Executive Committee Meeting of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) which brings together 40 national parliaments. The APU is a platform for consultation, dialogue and cooperation between country members.
Giving her welcome remarks, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies in the Parliament of Rwanda, Hon. Rose Mukantabana said:
"Regional and international cooperation through which countries can exchange experience is useful. African leaders at all levels, including parliaments have a big role to play in the development of the continent and must think about strategic actions."
During her speech, the President of Senate of Zimbabwe and Deputy Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the APU, Hon. Edna Madzongwe called upon all country members to work together to strengthen the APU.
"At this juncture, I wish to urge all members of the Executive Committee to seriously focus on contributing to efforts to revamp APU. We must, above all, strive to support the efforts of our organization by bearing in mind that we have to lay out a reform plan that would ensure that nothing would stand in the way of APU contributing more efficiently to the development and progress of our respective countries"
APU members will also have the opportunity to visit some activities around the country such demobilization center, Congolese refugees centers, anti-erosions terraces and others.
On 29th and 30th Rwanda will host also the General Assembly of APU.