This report covers the performance and activities of the Council of African Political Parties for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015.
This report reviews the efforts made to establish the Secretariat offices including the Host Country Agreement with the government of Sudan and the annual plans of action and their implementation and the regular meetings of the Bodies of CAPP. The report outlines the external relations of the Council with the African Union, UNESCO and other sister organizations. The report covers also the efforts undertaken to establish the institutions of the Council, namely the Youth and Women Wings and the training and capacity building programs. The report also refers to future programs to establish an Economic Council and Media Forum for CAPP.
Performance report for the year 2013:
The year 2013 witnessed many activities; the most important of them is the following:
– During the founding conference of the Council of African political parties, Mr. Winter Kamimba was elected Chairman of the Board and the permanent Committee, and his four deputies representing the five regions of the continent, the executive committee of thirty members were also elected.
– The Presidency of the Republic of Sudan attributed a building with high quality to be the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Council of African political parties in Khartoum.
– The signing of the headquarters agreement between the Sudanese Foreign Ministry and the General Secretariat of the Council of African political parties. The agreement stipulates grant the Secretariat all the privileges and immunities similar to diplomatic missions and regional and international organizations.
– On August 5 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the African Union Commission and the General Secretariat of the Council of African political parties for the cooperation between the Union and the Council in all areas.
– During the period from 18 to 19th August the Executive Committee of the council held its first meeting in Lusaka under the chairmanship of President of the Council Winter Kamimba where the ruling party in Zambia “a member of the Council.” hosted the meeting.
– It was agreed to reinforcing relations and cooperation between the Council of the African political parties and councils counterpart: the Council of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) and the Council of Latin American and Caribbean parties (COPPPAL) in hosted the meeting activities and exchange of experiences and coordination on issues of mutual interest at the regional and international levels.
Performance Report for 2014
After holding the Foundation Conference for the Council of African Political Parties in the Sudanese Capital, Khartoum on 27 -28 April, 2013, and which was attended by over 45 African Political Parties, the Statute of the Council was passed, and its Executive Institutions were elected, represented in the Permanent Committee, and the Executive Committee.
Khartoum was accredited as a domicile for the Council, and the General Secretariat started setting plans and programs, and completing the arrangements related to the Council structures.
First: The Council Work Plan for 2014:
The General Secretariat had set an ambitious plan for 2014, which was passed by the Permanent Committee and the Executive Committee. The plan aimed at enhancing unity and collaboration between people of the Continent, and at gathering the economic, social and cultural abilities to achieve the objectives and renaissance aspired after for Africa. Priorities were concentrated on the following:
Consolidating relations with the African Union and forming an understanding base within a joint frame of work with it, to serve the Continent issues, and especially those related with elections, conflict resolution and others.
Increasing the Council membership through contacting non-member Parties and calling on them to join the Council.
Formation of Youths and Women wings in the Council.
Strengthening relations with counterpart and related councils and corporations (the most important of which are the Council of Asian Political Parties and the Council of Latin American and Caribbean Political Parties).
Second: Performance of the Council for 2014:
After finishing setting plans and programs, and after their approval by the Council Institutions, the General Secretariat started executing those plans and programs aiming at achieving the Council objectives. The performance focused on the following:
1. Inauguration of the Council Domicile:
According to the Domicile Country Agreement signed in November 2013 between the Government of Sudan and the Council of African Political Parties, the Government of Sudan granted the Council a domicile in Khartoum, Capital of the Republic of Sudan. It was inaugurated officially on March, 10th, 2014, and was attended by Assistant of the President of the Republic/Sayed Abdel Rahman Al Sadig Al Mahdi and a gathering of Official Characters in the Sudan. It was also attended by Chairman of the Council/ Mr. Winter Kabamba, Sayed/ Ridwan Hussein, Deputy Chairman for the Eastern Territory and Ambassadors of the African Countries in Sudan. It was also attended by Political Affairs Commissioner in the African Union, Sayeda/ Aisha Abdalla. The Chairman of the Council of African Political Parties expressed gratitude to President of the Republic/ Sayed Omar Hassan Ahmed Al Bashir for granting the Building to be a domicile for the Council. On the other hand, Assistant President commended the role of the Council and its importance in achieving the unity, advancement and development of the Continent.
2. Relation with the African Union:
– A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Council and the African Union in August 2013, and an agreement was reached about the executive program for promoting cooperation between the Council and the African Union in supervising elections and holding workshops and seminars about good governance and democracy in aim of achieving the articles of the memorandum of understanding.
– The African Union Commission for Political Affairs participated in inaugurating the works of the Council and its domicile.
– On an invitation by the African Union, the Council participated in a workshop about “Constitution and the Rule of Law in Africa” (South Africa in July, 2014).
– On an invitation by the African Union, a delegation from the General Secretariat of the Council participated in a workshop about “Settling Democracy in Africa” (Dakar, April, 2014).
3. Supervising Elections:
– The General Secretariat prepared a paper on Supervising Elections, benefiting from the Asian Political Parties Experience. The paper included the tasks of supervising elections. The African Countries were determined, where elections were to be held in 2014.
– The General Secretariat made contacts with the member African Political Parties to nominate supervisors or the elections to be approved by the African Union and enabling them to join the training sessions, prior to adding them to the lists of Elections Supervisors in Africa. However, no information was obtained from any of the Political Parties.
4. Increasing the Council Membership:
– During his visit to Senegal in April, 2014, the Council Secretary General called on the major Political Parties (The Coalition for the Sake of the Republic and the Party of Progress Powers Coalition), for effective participation in the Council programs and its activities. He also called on the Senegalese Socialist Party to join the Council.
– The Secretary General visited Tanzania in October 2014 and met with the parties and political leaderships and the Ruling C.C.M. Party in particular, to join the Council membership.
– The Secretary General of the Council also addressed the Secretary General of ZANU Party in Zimbabwe to join the Council membership, but the Party did not take any decision about that as it was engaged in some important amendments in its leadership.
– The Council Secretary General met with the Head of the Mali Parliament who had visited Khartoum in October 2014. The result was that the Mali Party Rali applied for membership of the Council, and the Permanent Committee approved the Party membership.
5. Formation of the Youths Wing:
– The Foundation Conference for the Youths Wing in the Council of African Political Parties convened in the Chadian Capital N’Djamena in 15/9/2014 under sponsorship of his Highness President Idris Debi and on invitation by the Chadian National Salvation Movement, and by participation of over twenty African Countries. The Conference was addressed by Head of the Council of African Political Parties, its Secretary General and a number of the Leaderships of the Chadian National Salvation Movement. It was there that the Executive Office of the wing was elected, and a number of work papers related to issues of religious co-existence in the African Continent, as well as political participation of youths and issues of development and stability were discussed.
– The Conference passed the Statute for the Youths Wing, and selected the Executive Office for the Youths Wing with Chad as Head and membership of Eritrea, Libya, Niger and Zambia as Deputies for the Head and Sudan as Secretary General. The Conference was quite successful and received a wide information coverage and popular attention.
– The Council of African Political Parties plans for holding the Foundation Conference for the Women Wing before the end of this year. The Council General Secretariat had addressed a number of major parties in their countries to host the Foundation Conference. Some of them had shown initial consent and, God willing, the issue shall soon be settled.
Third: Activities of the General Secretariat:
1. The General Secretariat of the Council had organized a major political forum in March, 2014, in Khartoum, entitled: “The Role of African Political Parties in Enhancing Democracy”. The Council Chairman, Ethiopian Minister of Communications, the Deputy Chairman of the Council spoke in it in addition to the Director of Strategic Studies Institute and the Head of Political Sciences Department of the University of Khartoum.
2. In October, 2014 and in collaboration with the Sudan National Congress Party, the Council of African Political Parties held a political forum under the title “The Role of Political Parties in Consolidating Democracy”. Three of the Parties Leaders spoke about the experiences of their parties in enhancing the democratic track in each of Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Africa. Attendants asserted the necessity of applying the local form of democracy in Africa, provided the Political Parties shall practice democracy and accept the other views within their structures.
3. The Council website was activated on the web network to cope with the Council’s various activities and to communicate with African Parties and the General Secretariat.
Fourth: Relations with Counterpart Councils:
1. A Delegate from the Council of African Political Parties had participated in the meeting of the Permanent Committee of the Council of Asian Political Parties in Vladivostok in the Republic of Russia (June, 2014).
2. The Secretary General of the Council of African Political Parties participated in meetings of the Eighth Session of the General Assembly of the International Conference of the Asian Political Parties held in the Seri Lanka Capital Colombo. During the works of the Conference, he met with a number of the Asian Parties Leaders and other participants. The meetings dealt with consolidating relations between Asian and African Countries at Political Parties level.
Performance Report for the First Half of 2015
During the period from January till June 2015, the Council General Secretariat worked towards executing its plan according to the axes approved by the Council Organs (Annex No. 1). An appreciable effort had been exerted, which can be summed up in the following:
First: Participation in Supervising the Sudanese Elections:
– The General Secretariat of the Council of African Political Parties invited the Council of Asian Parties as well as the Council of Political Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean Countries to supervise the Elections in Sudan which, were held in April 2015.
– The General Secretariat formed a Work Team from the Council of African Political Parties, and which included the Ethiopian Political Democratic Revolutionary Front (EPDRF) Party and the Chadian National Movement for Salvation Party.
– The Council of Political Parties of Latin America and Caribbean Countries participated with a Team headed by the Council Deputy Chairman.
– After completing the Administrative arrangements with the Sudanese Elections Commission, the Teams of Latin American and Caribbean Countries and the Council of African Political Parties formed a joint team for supervising elections in several Sudanese States and issued a joint report; (Annex No. 2)
Second: Relation between the Council and the UNESCO:
– Through participation between the Ministry of Education in the Republic of Sudan, the Council of African Political Parties and the International United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a meeting was held in Khartoum for the International Scientific Committee for the project of the Educational Usage of the General History of Africa, during the period from the 4th to the 10th of May, 2015, and the meeting came out with the following:
1. Asserting the importance of the educational usage of the general history of Africa in African Schools so that it might contribute towards building the African Character and towards producing an African generation that becomes proud of its African history and culture and contributes positively towards Human civilization.
2. Approving the educational content of “The History of Africa” proposed to be taught in African Schools.
3. The meeting asserted the importance and vitality of the Partnership between the Council of African Political Parties (CAPP) and the UNESCO in executing the project. It implored the Council of African Political Parties use its coordination relations with the African Union and the other Regional Institutions to contribute towards executing this project.
4. The meeting called on the Council of African Political Parties, the African Union and the Regional Organizations concerned to urge member countries to render compulsory the teaching of the General History of Africa in the special programs for youths and children to assert their African identity.
5. Urging African Governments to take the political decisions necessary to include the General African History in the African Educational Systems.
6. Urging Organizations and networks working in the fields of Education and Culture in Africa to give special attention to teaching the General History of Africa to bring this educational and continental project to success.
7. The UNESCO showed a great desire to promote cooperation with the Council. According to that, the General Secretariat of the Council prepared a proposed memorandum of understanding that presents a theme of cooperation between the two sides showing its fields for discussing it and passing it in the next meeting of the Permanent Committee (Annex no. 3,4).
Third: Youths Wing:
– After the formation of the Youths Wing, the Wing’s Executive Bureau held a special meeting in which it discussed the programs and work plan for the year 2015, which was passed by the Executive Bureau.
– Under supervision and arrangement of the General Secretariat, and through participation by fourteen countries, the Chinese Communist Party hosted the Training Session for the Leadership Office of the Youths Wing in China in May, 2015 (Annex No. 5).
Fourth: Amendment of the Statute:
– The General Secretariat held an appreciable number of meetings to amend the Statute. That resulted in the proposed amendments, which were sent in (April, May 2015) to members of the Executive and Permanent Committees (Annex No. 6).
Fifth: Preparation for Holding the Conference for Women Wing:
– The General Secretariat addressed a number of African Parties to host the Conference for Women Wing. These included Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana and the Sudanese National Congress. It sent the Statute of the Wing to members of the Executive and Permanent Committees. According to the response of the Sudanese National Congress to hosting the Conference, the Conference for Women Wing shall be held in Khartoum, Sudan in August, 2015.
Sixth: Visit of the Secretary General to Algeria:
– The Secretary General of the African Political Parties Council had participated in works of the Tenth General Conference for the Algerian National Liberation Front Party which was held during the period 27 – 30, of May, 2015 and, during the works of the Conference, he met with the Secretary General of the National Liberation Front Party, and the Secretary of Foreign Relations. At the same time, the Secretary General of the Council of African Political Parties invited the Secretary General for the National Liberation Front Party to visit the Permanent Domicile of the Council in Sudan.
Seventh: Relations with Counterpart Councils:
– The Secretary General of the Council of African Political Parties participated in the International Economic Conference for Promoting Commercial Work in their various field between Asian Countries and Russia, which was organized by the Ruling Party in Russia (United Russia Party), in collaboration with the Economic Council of (ICBC) in the Russian town of Vladivostok, during the period 21 – 23 of May 2015, within the frame of specialized conferences held by the Council of African Political Parties. At the end of its works, the Council issued the Vladivostok Declaration about promoting horizons of Economic Cooperation in Asia and cooperation between Asian Countries and Latin American and Caribbean Countries.
– The Economic Council called on Asian and Latin American Political Parties to form the Economic Council for African Political Parties to promote economic relations between African, Asian and Latin American and Caribbean Countries.
Eighth: Meetings of the Secretary General:
– The Council Secretary General held meetings in the Council Domicile, on May, 2015, with a high level Delegation of Ethiopian Popular Diplomacy, which visited Khartoum, headed by Head of the Ethiopian Parliament and a number of Muslim and Christian Religious men. The Delegation commended the role played by the Council of African Political Parties in enhancing the unity and advancement of the Continent.
– The Secretary General of the Council met with the Information Delegations participating in covering the Sudanese Elections and explained to them the role of the Council and its mission. A purposive dialogue took place between them about that.
– The Secretary General met also with the Commission of the African Committee for Human and People’s Rights, and explained to them the role of the Council of African Political Parties. A beneficial dialogue took place, which asserted the Committee Members understanding of the importance of the Council mission.
– Attached is a schedule of the meetings of the meetings of the Secretary General which aim at explaining the mission of the Council, and at building its external relations (Annex No. 7).
Performance report for the second half of 2015
1. The General Secretariat of the Council of African political parties completed the implementation of the 2015 plan year during the period from July to December 2015, during which it has held its constituent conference of Women’s Wing, and held the fifth meeting of the permanent Committee of the Council. Beside the participations and other activities.
2. First: the founding conference of the Women’s Pavilion: –
NCP – Sudan responded to the request made by the General Secretariat for a number of African political parties to host the founding conference of the women’s wing of the Council. The Conference held in Khartoum from 17 to 18 August 2015 and witnessed a vast big presence represents the majority of parties members of the Council and the Women’s prominent African figures in addition to the African women’s organizations.
The founding conference of the women’s wing approved the draft statue proposed by the Secretariat with some modifications and presenting them to the permanent Committee for approval to complete the procedural stages.
3. The Conference elected president of the body general assembly of the Women’s wing and the Executive Office the President of the wing and their deputies according to the statue and the conference discussed two papers on “The role of women in development and peace-building, political participation of African women, and issued recommendations on the topics referred to as It issued a final declaration of the conference (annex to the report about the conference and the final statement).
4. The opening session of the conference witnessed honoring of Professor Suad Al Fateh Al-Badawi for its leading role over fifty years in the domains of women’s education in particular, and her activities in women’s organizations in the defense of women’s rights and empowerment and her role estimated in the parliament of her country.
5. Second, the fifth meeting of the permanent Committee of the Council:-
The permanent Committee of the African political parties held its fifth meeting in Khartoum in the period from August 17 to 18, 2015 on the sidelines of the conference constitutive of women’s wing. The President and members of the permanent Committee has participated in the meeting, the meeting discussed the report of the year 2014 and the report of the first half of the year 2015, along with other activities such as the election observation in Africa, a meeting of the Scientific Committee of UNESCO in Khartoum organized by the General Secretariat of the Council. The meeting approved a proposal of Convention for cooperation between the Council and the UNESCO. The meeting discussed the idea of establishing an economic council and mandated the Secretariat to prepare a concept paper about it. The meeting also agreed to join the Global Alliance for Climate and the environment.
6. The meeting discussed the proposals prepared by the Secretariat of the amendments to the Statute to increase membership and approved with some modifications.
7. The meeting also discussed the financial position of the Council and decided to mobilize financial resources to finance the activities of the Council. The meeting reviewed the remaining year plan for 2015 and decided to go on in the invitation for the second meeting of the Executive Committee and the meeting of the General Assembly of the party members of the Council.
8. The training session of the youth wing: –
General Secretariat of the Council of African political parties organized in collaboration with the Secretariat of the youth of NCP, Sudan, training course for youth leaders in the African political parties, in the period of 22-29 11/2015 in Khartoum.
(18) Young man representing the African political parties in their countries participated in this session. The session program included a seminar entitled “The political participation of young people in Africa” as well as meetings with a number of partisan and political leaders in Sudan, also met with parliamentarian’s youth in their visit to the headquarters of the National Assembly. During the course the delegations visited the Youth stability projects and identified a number of important technological and economic institutions managed by the leaders of the Sudanese young. The delegations of youth African parties delegation visited the city of Port Sudan to inform about the important installations managed by the young leaders of the Sudanese beside informing on the port of Port Sudan to identify the touristical sites in it. The course was very successful and received recognition and admiration of the participants.
External participations: –
9. The Secretary General of the Council of African political parties participated in the International Conference of Asian Political Parties in Beijing from 12 to 18 October, 2015, a number of political and party dignitaries participated in the meeting. The meeting discussed the restructuring of the Silk Road to promote common development by linking the countries crossed by the road in Asia, Europe, Africa and the mutual benefits expected from the achievement of the project.
10. The Secretary-General participated in a mass meeting with the President of the People’s Republic of China; he met with the Chinese vice Foreign Minister of the Department of Foreign Relations. The President of women’s wing RakhmotoTjana participated in the aforementioned and met with the Vice President of the National Council of the People’s Congress and President of the Women’s Union and the All-China.
11. The Secretary General of the Council participated at the invitation of the African Union at a conference on “Women’s participation in the African political parties,” which was held in Kigali, Rwanda, on December 7 to 8, 2015. Conference witnessed a senior representative of the African Union and the host country and discussed the papers relating to the participation of African women in the political parties. The Secretary-General met with a number of journalists and interviewed by Radio Voice of Africa.
12. On the return journey from Kigali, the Secretary-General stopped in Addis Ababa, on a short visit during which he met with the Seyoum Mesfin, and Ethiopia’s ambassador to China and head of IGAD mission to south Sudan also met with the Minister of Ethiopian of youth Hussein Radwan.
Meetings of the Secretary-General:
13. The Secretary-General met with the Russian Federation Ambassador in Khartoum and gave him an explanation about the Council and its foreign relations, particularly with the United Russia party. The Secretary-General’s request to transfer the Council’s desire to organize a training course in Russia for the leaders of the African Youth by the Russian party united specially the sectors, of young people and women. Ambassador promised to transmit the request to the leadership of the party.
14. The Secretary-General met with the Ambassador of Japan in Khartoum, at his request. And give him an explanation for the development projects implemented by his country in Sudan. The Secretary-General gave an explanation of the activities of the Council of Africans political parties and of his relationship, especially in Russia, Turkey, China and the Asian political parties.
15. The Secretary-General met with the visiting delegation of Chadian journalists to Sudan and gave them a protective enlightened about the Council and its activities , the journalists ask a number of important questions about the idea that the Council and the foundations of its foreign relations . The meeting discussed the role of African journalists in addressing the issues of the African continent within the interests of the Council also discussed the debate challenges facing the press and the media in Africa in general.
a. Report of the founding conference of the women’s wing.
B. Report of the fifth meeting of the permanent Committee.
C. Report of external participations of the Council.
D. Reports of the meetings of the Secretary-General.
e. List of the meeting of the Secretary-General.