Tayebwa wants to see Africa transformed into a global powerhouse

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Tayebwa wants to see Africa transformed into a global powerhouse
Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa

Tayebwa, who was recently elected as the East African Representative to the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), pledged to be a strong advocate for Africa.

KAMPALA | The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa, has called for immediate reforms to propel Africa into becoming a global powerhouse of the future.

"We are determined to ensure that unfair trade practices and restrictions imposed by our counterparts in the European Union are addressed through fair and proper negotiations. The voice of the Global South must take center stage at the European Parliament," he stated.

Tayebwa, who was recently elected as the East African Representative to the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), pledged to be a strong advocate for Africa.

Last Friday, Tayebwa was elected unopposed to one of the prestigious positions at the OACPS-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Luanda, Angola. His nomination was supported by Seychelles and Kenya.

As the Deputy Speaker, he will represent a total of nine countries, including Mauritius, Seychelles, Djibouti, Comoros, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi.

"After my election, I will champion the causes of the Global South, focusing on climate change, gender parity, energy transition, human rights, democracy, peace, and conflict resolution, all of which are foundational to the international framework," Tayebwa said.

He emphasised the need to exploit resources responsibly without harming the environment.

Additionally, Tayebwa argued that Africa, which contributes only 3% of global emissions, should not bear the brunt of the heaviest penalties in the energy transition process.

Over 500 delegates have gathered in Angola for the 64th Session of the OACPS Parliamentary Assembly and the inaugural meeting of the OACPS-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. This historic session, hosted by the President of the 10th OACPS Summit of Heads of State and Government, is expected to launch the new Parliamentary Assemblies under the Samoa Agreement.

Tayebwa has been a resolute voice within the OACPS, rallying developing countries to reject what he perceives as "unfair trade and deceitful practices" orchestrated by the European Union against other nations.

During a previous OACPS-EU Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels last year, Tayebwa openly condemned double standards, unfair taxes on African coffee, and the export of EU-banned pesticides and products to developing countries like Uganda.

Speaker Anita Among and Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja were among the notable leaders who congratulated and thanked the Deputy Speaker for taking up the responsibility and representing Uganda with distinction.

The OACPS-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly is a unique and permanent democratic institution that brings together an equal number of elected Members of Parliament from the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) states, as well as Members of the European Parliament. The Organization consists of 79 Member States and aims to achieve the sustainable development of its members while facilitating their progressive integration into the global economy.

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