24 November 2016, Dakar, Senegal
The Africa Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (FPA) held its statutory General Assembly (GA) in Dakar, Senegal on 24 November 2016. The FPA GA which is held every three years, was organized by the International Planned Parenthood Federation Liaison Office to the African Union, acting as FPA Secretariat, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The General Assembly was attended by 70 Members of Parliament from 30 countries including Deputy Speakers of Parliament from Benin Mali, Niger and the host country Senegal, representing the four regions of Sub- Saharan Africa (East, South, Central and West).
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Among speakers at the General Assembly included Hon. Mously Diakhate, President of the Senegalese Parliamentarian Network on Population and Development; Hon. Marie Rose Nguini Effa, Vice President of the FPA; Mr Mabingue Ngom, UNFPA WCARO Regional Director; Mr Lucien Kouakou, IPPF Africa Regional Director and Mr Sam Ntelamo, IPPF Representative to the African Union.
The highlight of the General Assembly was the election of the new Executive Committee: Hon. Marie Rose Nguini Effa (Cameroon) and Hon. Paul Chibingu (Malawi) were elected respectively as President and Vice President of the forum.
The following constitutes the entire membership of the new Executive Committee by sub-region.
EAST AFRICA: Tanzania (Jamal Kassim Ali), Comoros (Hon Hadjira Oumouri)
CENTRAL AFRICA: Hon Marie Rose Nguini Effa (Cameroon), Hon Issa Mardo Djabir (Chad)
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Hon. Paul Chibingu (Malawi), Hon. Goodlucky Kwaramba (Zimbabwe)
WEST AFRICA: Hon. Mously Diakhate (Senegal) and Hon. Larry P. Younquoi (Liberia)
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