The putting in place of the legislative arm of the African Union, is still to yield the much awaited fruits.

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) was established in March 2004, by Article 17 of The Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU), as one of the nine organs provided for in the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community signed in Abuja (Nigeria), in 1991. The Pan-African Parliament, also known as the African Parliament, is the legislative body of the African Union. It is out to provide a common platform for African peoples and their grass- roots organizations to be more involved in discussions and decision- making on the problems and chal- lenges facing the continent. Pan-African Parliamentarians represent all the peoples of Africa. The ultimate aim of the Pan-African Parliament is to evolve into an institution with full legislative powers, where members are elected by universal adult suffrage. PAP is a one giant step forward in ensuring that this deliberative continental body, once operational, will act as a common platform for all the peoples of Africa and their grass-root organizations. At present it has advisory and consultative powers that might soon mutate to full legislative po- wers when the different treaties have been ratified by the different stakeholders. Its 230 Parliamentary representatives are elected by the legislatures of the 46 AU states rather than being directly elected in their own capacity. Initially the seat of the Pan African Parliament was in Addis Ababa, (Ethiopia) but it was later moved to Midrand, South Africa. Ten Permanent Committees were created dealing with different sectors of life in Africa.