Africa and the Arab world are warming up ties in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh where the October session of the Pan-African Parliament opens today.
After Monday's solemn opening ceremony at Sharm-el-Sheikh International Conference Centre presided at by PAP President Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang and the swearing in of 11 new members, the high point will be a meeting between the Arab Parliament and the Pan-African Parliament.
Egypt which is hosting the event on the heels of its Parliament's 150th anniversary, seeks to go beyond being the geographical bridge between both regions to becoming it's political link.
In a press briefing Sunday, Roger Nkodo Dang said it was mutually beneficial for the Arabs to now turn their attention from Europe to Africa.
A keen observer, Martin Chungong, Secretary of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, told the press that "democracy is work in progress" adding that Egypt has the history and will to lead the way for Africa, the Middle East and the Arab world.