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Quasi-Religious body, Public Affairs Committee (Pac), has been appointed into African Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Steering Group on Joint Strategy for Development.

Pac will be among CSOs in Africa and Europe that influence member states through the African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) on the implementation of long-term goals of sustaining strategic partnership between Africa and the EU.

This will be based on shared history, strong political relationship, common values and close cooperation.

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The development comes just five months after Pac was also accredited to the African Union Economic Social and Cultural Council (Ecosocc), which is an overseer of the civil society organisations in AU member countries.

Ecosocc promotes good governance, democratic institutions, popular participation and human rights.

Executive Director of Pac, Robert Phiri, said his organisation’s appointment into Africa-EU Civil Society Forum will help it gain skills on advocacy and lobbying in terms of policy influence at the international level.

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“Following accreditation of Pac into Ecosocc, Pac has also been officially appointed into African Steering Group of the African Union, which is a counterpart to the European Union Steering Group on Joint African European Strategy (JAES) for development.

“Jointly , the two groups are targeting the Joint AU-EU Heads of State Summit that will be held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in November 2017 in order to influence policy on selected thematic areas,” Phiri said.

Currently, Pac is mainly contributing to thematic area titled : Conflict Prevention, Peace Building; Democratic Governance and Civic Participation.

According to Phiri, Pac will be imparting skills from the AU-EU forum to various stakeholders, including CSOs in Malawi.

“Pac plans to funnel these skills and approaches once it consults major networks such as HRCC, Congoma, NGOGCN and others that play a critical role in advocacy. Pac board has already been updated on these international development s . As a secretariat, all we need is to convene a small meeting with major networks to discuss establishment of Ecosocc chapter and also share the outcomes of Joint AU-EU Strategy for Development,” Phiri said.

The forum, which Pac has joined, represents African and European CSOs.

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