Representatives of African parliaments gathered in Cairo on Wednesday (15 March) for the opening of the second conference of the African Parliamentary Federation.
Representatives of African parliaments gathered in Cairo on Wednesday (15 March) for the opening of the second conference of the African Parliamentary Federation. The conference has been arranged for wide-ranging discussions on matters affecting Black African countries.
SYNOPSIS: In the absence of President Sadat, the conference was officially opened by Egypt's Vice-President, Hosny Mubarak.
Delegates then heard a speech by Egypt's Speaker in the People's Assembly, Mr Sayed Marei. He welcomed the parliamentary representatives to the conference, and expressed the hope that, in future, they would work towards closer co-operation in solving Africa's problems.
The main topics to be discussed at the current sitting of the Parliamentary Federation include racial discrimination in Africa, internal problems, and the Middle East situation, which is expected to generate a lot of discussion. At the opening ceremony, delegates paid tribute to President Sadat and the Egyptian Government for their efforts to promote peace in the Middle East. The Host nation was also thanked for the support it has given the Parliamentary Federation. One major paper on the agenda concerned economic development on the African continent, but this was postponed until the 1979 meeting to allow member countries more time to prepare their studies and proposals.