But unfortunately, for the second five- year term, the House has been struggling to have that done and you remember when your goodself was there, this was one of the very important items almost every Hon Member of the Pan- African Parliament was championing.
Today, we are lucky to say it has been granted by the African Union Commission (AUC). But, the second leg has to do with the ratification. With about 54 member- ship, we need to have 28 members ratifying it before it comes into effect.
Mr Speaker, at the time that we have a sitting President in Ghana who was once a Member of Pan-Africa Parliament and even a Chairman of the Western caucus and a Speaker of Parliament who also happens to be one time, Member of the Pan-African Parliament, I think Ghana would find it more difficult to explain, each time we go for session, why at least, Ghana and some other three African Heads of State-- who have been Members have not so far ratified.
Mr Speaker, I was reminding the Hon Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration this morning and she gave every indication that they are working assiduously towards bringing it to the House and I gave her the assurance that if it does come to the House, we are very optimistic that it is not going to keep long at all. It would go through all the necessary stages so that we can get it ratified.
Mr Speaker, as we even talk about ratifying the Treaty on making the Pan- African Parliament a legislative body, I want to take this opportunity to remind the Hon Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration that, there is a total of 49 decisions taken at the AUC level that requires ratification by individual national Parliaments.
I would be very happy if they can tabulate this to be sure which ones have been done and those that have not been done, should be quickly done. It does not speak well for our Heads of State to go and agree to do something and then when it is left with bringing it to their individual national Parliaments for ratification, they go to sleep on it.
Mr Speaker, it is sometimes sad when one travels across Africa and sees how we all talk about one Africa, one people and one voice and with the greatest respect, one does not even see the flag of Africa flying in any other country. I think we need to begin to let out children understand what the unity of Africa is in for all of us. I want to say that a lot of time was spent in Midrand and a lot of countries spent a lot of resources, sending delegations and what have you, to deliberate on issues that could affect all of us.
For us as a country and for that matter, a Parliament, even though I know this Parliament has not a single Treaty waiting for us to ratify, I wish to entreat the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to do well to make sure that this is brought to Parliament for us to work on it.
Mr Speaker, there was this question about what is going to happen to those Hon Members, because it is this national Parliament that will elect those five. I have always said, even at Pan-African Parliament, if one comes to Ghana and
takes our District Assemblies' concept, every Member of Parliament is an associate Member of the Distr ict Assembly. We can do same, because there are only five members and they would be associate members of this House. They will have a seat but may not have a voting right.
All their expenses and other things would be absorbed by the existing Parliament and they will not be stationed like Ambassadors, wherever the Pan- African Parliament may be, but they will only go like, the delegation that we currently have—Always visit during Sitting.
So the perception that it was going to come with an additional huge cost to individual countries, is neither here nor there. I believe that the commitment is that, we have agreed to be one body; Africa, and we decide to have a Parliament and we need to give that Parliament a legislative power.
Mr Speaker, I will not be able to comment on this Report presented by our Hon Leader of the Delegation without touching on some issues that affect all of us in Africa, especially with xenophobic attacks. It is true it may not be in this Report, but looking at the spirit under which this Report is presented and the relevance it has with the Pan-African Parliament sitting in Midrand, which is in South Africa, the fear is, what is even going to happen to the various countries' delegations as they are now preparing to go for a session in South Africa?
Mr Speaker, we are preparing to move a Motion at the Pan-African Parliament. We have communicated to do that when we get to Midrand in South Africa, to debate and suggest to AUC that we need to move the Pan-African Parliament from South Africa. If one cannot accommodate other African countries, one has no business—
Dr A. A. Osei — On a Point of Order