Plenary Assembly

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Is the policy-making body and deliberative body of the SADC Parliamentary Forum which is constituted of Speakers and four representatives elected by each national parliament. The Plenary Assembly meets twice a year in the member states on a rotational basis and representatives serve for a period of five years. The Plenary Assembly advises SADC Summit on matters of regional policy issues and promotes the objectives and programmes of SADC.

Membership:
Presiding Officers and three representatives of member National Parliaments.

Meetings:
There will be two (2) meetings per annum, typically held around March/April and November.

  • Chaired by Chairperson of the Forum
  • At Headquarters (Windhoek) or in different member States on a rotational basis
Functions of the Plenary Assembly:
  • Policy making and deliberative body
  • Approve annual budget and audited accounts
  • Make recommendations to SADC authorities on any matter
  • Advise SADC Summit on matters of overall policy
  • Scrutinise and make recommendations on SADC budget and Annual Reports
  • Consider and make recommendations on any treaties and draft treaties referred to it by SADC
  • Promote objectives and programmes of SADC
  • Study, be briefed and make recommendations on all SADC Sectoral Reports
  • Observer representation in SADC Summit Meetings
  • Consulted by any SADC institution on any major activity
  • Exercise power to send for person(s), papers and records of any SADC official or SADC institution
  • Debate issues

Take Note:
Upon becoming a Regional Parliamentary Structure, it will serve as legislative body of SADC (Constitution; Article 8 (3) (B).

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