Financial Cost Implications of the South African Government for Hosting the Pan-African Parliament

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR ORAL REPLY

QUESTION NO 9

STANDING OVER FROM 18 AUGUST 2004 (PUBLISHED IN THE INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 9 OF 10 AUGUST 2004)

MS MH MPAKA TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

(a) What will be the cost to South Africa of hosting the Pan-African Parliament,
(b) how does this cost compare with freedom, the sacrifices made by the African masses to free South Africa and the lives of those who died in the struggle for freedom and
(c) what is South Africa's current contribution towards a free South Africa, as compared to the contribution made by Africa and the people of the world? N424E

REPLY:

(a), (b), (c)
The Pan-African Parliament is one of the most important institutions of the African Union. It will be crucial in the development and defence of common values around democracy, human rights and good governance. It will make sure that our Union and governments use the budgets for sustainable development, fight against poverty and a better life for all. For the integration process the Pan-African Parliament is paramount.

The political and economic benefit to our country and the continent cannot be costed.
African contribution to our freedom is priceless, it cannot be measured in rands and cents.

South African foreign policy is not just motivated by self-interest, but by the common good of humanity.

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