African states faulted for slow pace in ratification of AU treaties

Slow ratification of African Union Treaties by member states is holding Africa’s development back, participants at a recent conference were told. The treaties are aimed at driving political and economic development

Amb. Tom Amolo, the Political and Diplomatic Secretary at Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “Failure to ratify the AU Treaties is holding Africa’s development back. This is negatively impacting AU’s desire to foster peace and security in the region,”

Speaking at the conference, a joint initiative by the African union UNDP, dubbed “accelerating the ratification and domestication of African Union treaties” Emily Chweya the acting director of legal affairs, says Kenya remains committed to implementation of all the treaties.

She said Kenya has ratified 5 of the AU Treaties, which include; African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, adopted in 1981, Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, Maputo Protocol adopted in 2003 and African Youth Charter, adopted in 2003. The country has also signed the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, adopted in 1990 and AU Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption adopted in 2003.

The African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, adopted in 2007 will soon be ratified.

African union provides an institutional framework for advancing the achievement of development related goals across the continent.

The AU treaties provide the normative and legal mechanism through which member states can foster greater political and economic integration as well as enhance peace n security, poverty reduction and SDG’s.

Senators who attended the meeting say they will be pushing for the public participation in the ratification of the African charter on democracy, election and governance.

 

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