I'll be a strong voice for Africa in OACPS-EU joint Assembly - Tayebwa

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I'll be a strong voice for Africa in OACPS-EU joint Assembly - Tayebwa
Deputy Speaker Tayebwa

Deputy Speaker Tayebwa, who is also Ruhinda North MP, was on Friday elected unopposed to one of the coveted positions at OACPS-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Luanda, Angola.

KAMPALA | The newly-elected East African representative to the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), Thomas Tayebwa, has promised to be a strong voice for Africa and called for urgent reforms needed to transform Africa into the global powerhouse of the future.

Deputy Speaker Tayebwa, who is also Ruhinda North MP, was on Friday elected unopposed to one of the coveted positions at OACPS-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Luanda, Angola.

Tayebwa was nominated by Seychelles and Kenya. The Deputy Speaker will be representing a total of nine countries including Mauritius, Seychelles, Djibouti, Comoros, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

“I will be a voice of the Global South on issues of climate change, gender parity, energy transition, human rights, democracy, peace and conflict resolution which are cornerstones of international framework,” Mr Tayebwa said after his election.

“We shall ensure that unfair trade practices and restrictions which are coming from our big brothers in European Union are negotiated properly and on fair terms. The voice of the Global South must take center stage at the European Parliament.”

The Deputy Speaker, has been an indomitable voice in the OACPS, rallying developing countries to jointly reject what he recently described as “unfair trade and deceitful practices” orchestrated by the European Union against other countries.

Speaking at a previous OACPS-EU Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels last year, Tayebwa, without mincing words, condemned what he called the double standards, unfair taxes on African coffee and exporting EU-banned pesticides and products to developing countries like Uganda.

“We must be able to exploit our resources without damaging the environment, but also Africa, which is contributing only 3% of global emissions cannot be the one paying the price and receiving the heaviest penalties, when it comes to energy transition,” he said

More than 500 delegates are in Angola to participate in the 64th Session of the OACPS Parliamentary Assembly and the 1st constitutive meeting of the OACPS-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

It is a historic session for the OACPS, hosted by the President of the 10th OACPS Summit of Heads of State and Government. This session is expected to launch the new Parliamentary Assemblies under the Samoa Agreement.

The OACPS-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly is a unique and permanent democratic institution which brings together an equal number of elected Members of Parliament from the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states and Members of the European Parliament. The Organization comprises of 79 Member States. The body strives to achieve the sustainable development of its members and their progressive integration into the world economy.

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