GABORONE, (Xinhua) --
The vice president of Botswana Slumber Tsogwane
Saturday performed the official opening of the 49th
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Region
Conference in the capital Gaborone.
The conference is
held under the theme “The role of African Parliaments in
fostering national and regional security”.
“The theme calls
upon parliaments to play their unique role as suitable forums
for expressing divergent viewpoints, mediating between competing
interests in society, and ultimately making decisions on behalf
of citizens for the common good,” he said.
He urged the
conference to also remember Africa’s Agenda 2063 and especially
its aspirations, among them an Africa of good governance,
democracy, respect for human rights, justice, rule of law, as
well as a peaceful secure Africa.
“In Africa, the main
causes of conflict and violence include, high unemployment, lack
of equal opportunities, urbanization, poverty, inequality, and
lack of good governance and corruption in some parts of the
continent,” he said.
He reiterated that
Parliament is the principal facilitator in achieving national
and international goals and aspirations, adding that it is the
vehicle that enables nations and people to realise their
aspirations, social equity and economic development.