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Africa must have peace, implement integration and unite for the economic development, said the President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Roger Nkodo Dang on Monday in Johannesburg.

Dang believed that the hope of the African people after independence have not been fulfilled.

“Our continent is torn apart from within by social movements, economic under-performance and conflictual relations with the West. All the efforts of our continent must be turned towards economic, social, political and cultural development,” he said at the official opening of the third Ordinary Session of the fifth Parliament of the PAP.

He “strongly condemned” the attacks of foreigners in South Africa which happened last month. Dang said the hatred amongst each other and war disturbs economic growth in the continent.

Dang pointed out that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will lead Africa to prosperity.

“Faced with the challenges of the hour, Africa can not allow its luxury of internal quarrels and hatred that would further curb its development. We want a peaceful and stable Africa, a guarantee of sustainable development,” said Dang.

Jeannine Mabunda Lioko Mudiayi, the Speaker of Parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo, said Africa should create conducive environment for the youths to get jobs so that they do not die while trying to look for greener pastures in Europe. She called on African countries to implement Africa’s Agenda 2063.

“We must come up with proposals that would take Africa and Africans forward. Armed conflicts, poverty and unemployment are the reason why people get displaced,” she said.

She stated that Africa have a great potential with abundance of natural resources, youth population and human resources, Africa should take “concrete decisions” to improve the lives of its citizens.

The deliberations at the PAP started on Monday and will end on October 19. Delegates will discuss AfCFTA, migration, peace and security among other issues. Enditem

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