Charter of the First Pan African Federalist Congress
This charter is a supplement of the Terms of reference (TOR). It indicates the general approach that should lead us to a methodical answer to the Call for the First Pan Federalist Congress. It shows the way forward to set up the various preparatory Committees of the Congress, as well as their mode of operation. It has the value of a moral Charter, between partners, that can allow different organizations and individualities to resolutely work together towards the Congress.
Structuration of the Committees
The International Preparatory Committee (IPC)
The International Preparatory Committee (IPC ) is made up of the members of the Committee which initiated the Call for the First Pan African Federalist Congress and the delegates from the Regional Preparatory Committees (RPC). It is primarily responsible for all aspects related to the convening and the organizing of the First Pan-African Congress (date, venue, duration, preparation of working papers etc.). It is will present a report of its activities to the Congress which has the power to approve or reject it. The global representativeness and democratic mode of appointment of its members confers to the IPC the legitimacy that is required to make valid decisions on behalf of the Pan African Federalists before the Congress is held.
The Regional Preparatory Committees
For the sole purpose of improving its efficiency, the IPC has opted for this division of Africa and the Diaspora. It is important to note that this regional division of Africa and the Diaspora has no other value that facilitating the work of the IPC for the work related to the preparation of the First Pan African Federalist Congress.
North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia),
East Africa (Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan);
West Africa: Burkina Faso, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Liberia, Togo, Sierra Leone),
Central Africa: (Cameroon, Chad, Central Africa, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Sao Tome and Principe,
Southern Africa: (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe)
Europe: (all Europe)
North America: (Canada, USA)
Caribbean: (Haiti, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Jamaica, Martinique, etc.)
Latin America: (Brazil and all other countries of Latin America)
Far East (China, Japan, etc.)
Each one of these regions will have a Hub Country which will host the Regional Preparatory Committee (RPC). In these Hub countries, CIIP will co-opt Pan Africanists who preferably have a network with members in the majority of the countries in the region. These people will form the Regional Initiative Committee (RIC). The representatives of the different countries of that region that will be the envoy of their National Preparatory Committees (NPC) will be added to the RIC to form the RPC. Each RPC will elect from among its members the heads of the Regional Coordination Unit which will be responsible for coordinating all preparatory activities NPC of its region.
In the particular case of the Diaspora Regional Committees, they should indiscriminately include the more or less recent African immigrants and the descendants of the victims of forced deportation, regardless of their present Nationality.
The meetings of the RPC and other exchanges between its members can be done through the Internet, to facilitate the work and reduce the transportation costs.
The National Preparatory Committees
In each country or territory, an initiative group, National Initiative Committee (NIC) generated by the Regional Initiative Committee (RIC) in collaboration with the International Provisional Committee (IPC) which initiated the call for the congress, could contact the organizations (political parties, trade unions, civil society organizations, organizations of employers, advocacy organizations for human rights etc.) and individuals who may be interested in the project of the First Congress of Federalists All Africa. Following these consultations centered around the Call, the Terms of reference (TOR), the Charter and the concept of the congress, the NIC will convene a Constitutive General Assembly (GA) of the National Preparatory Committee(NPC). The GA will bring together all the representatives of the organizations and the contacted individuals who have accepted the founding texts of the initiative and wish to contribute to the success of the Congress. This constitutive GA of the NPC will put in place the various managing structures of the national committee and designate the national coordinator preferably consensus if not via a transparent election. On all the issues related to the preparation of the Congress at the national level the GA is sovereign and will oversee the implementation of the decisions it has taken, subject to their compliance with the TOR.
The Pan African Federalist Congress (PAFC)
This is indeed the supreme and sovereign body of the Pan African federalist Movement (PAFM). It must settle political policy debates and working methods still outstanding at the end of the preparatory process of the congress. It will establish the legal and legitimate permanent structures to schedule, organize and direct the world-class struggle that the PAFM is about to engage on. It will finally select and install the management team of the Pan African federalist movement. The members of this team must be convinced Pan-African federalists who will always put the interest of our common cause above all other considerations. Accordingly, it is the Sovereign Congress that will define the strategic action plan for the birth of the PanAfricanFederalState. The congress will also determine the intermediate steps and the number and duration of the elected office at all levels of the Movement. The Congress also will select an international team to lead the campaign for the referenda on the form of union. At all levels, the team that manages this global campaign shall operate under the authority of the governing bodies that we established by Congress.
Pending the establishment of these various structures, an International Provisional Committee ( CIIP), consisting of the initiators of the Call for the First Pan African Federalist Congress and individuals who will be co-opted by the initiators of the Call to coordinate the Regional Initiating Committees (RIC ) . The people who shall be co-opted must be Pan African federalists who have the availability and the will to assume their role.
The seat of the ICP is provisionally located in Dakar (Senegal) and can be transferred to any other place on the continent if it is the will of the majority of its members. It is responsible for all the preliminary tasks related to the preparation of the First Congress. Its mission ends with the installation of regular preparatory structures above defined
Official languages of the Congress
The languages to be used in the official international documents of the First Pan African Federalist Congress are in alphabetically order: Arabic, English, French, Ki-Swahili and Portuguese. The regional and national committees are free to choose one of these five languages or any other of their choice which will allow them to better communicate with the masses. However, it is very important to keep in mind the urgent need for a choice and development of one or more African languages in which pan-African communication can be made.
Last but not least, for all expenses, in kind as cash , incurred by this gigantic enterprise, the fundamental principle is to rely primarily on our own strength and thus maintain our independence and autonomy on decision making vis- à-vis any particular interest, whether public or private .
The committees may set different levels of voluntary contributions (contributions by organizations, donations, revenue from income generating activities and other subsidies), as long as they do not alienate their freedom and sovereignty
Time table and support for the organization of the congress
Any proposal or decision on this matter should be the subject of wide debates in the Preparatory Committees at all the levels. These debates and the deliberations that will result from them should be accompanied by wide horizontal consultations between the various committees particularly on the special and essential role of cultural issues as well as the specific role and contribution of women and youth.
The foundational basis of the Committees’ bylaws
Once the Committees are installed, it is necessary to define their bylaws, the way they will be run.
The committees operate on the basis of equality, solidarity and mutual respect of individuals and member organizations without discrimination of any kind.
All organizations have the same rights and the same duties within the Committee, which operates under the standards of democracy and transparency. Decisions are made by consensus or, failing that, by a vote of a simple or qualified majority if necessary.
A Preparatory Committee may not be affiliated with any political party, religion or extra-African ideology or claim any race, ethnic group, clan and another pressure group, displayed or hidden, in Africa as elsewhere in the world.
The definition of the internal structures is left to the discretion of each Committee in accordance with local or regional circumstances, provided it meets spirit of the Terms of References (TOR), and the Call. It is desirable that each committee has at least one Coordinator, who will oversee the work of the various structures within the committee.
The establishment of each Committee shall be notified and announced to the International Provisional Committee (IPC) which shall register it in the filing its filing system.
Preparatory Committees must regularly share the results of their work and decisions with the IPC which can make it widely available to other local and regional committees in the framework of the Congress preparations.
In our ambitious and legitimate endeavor the manifestation of differences of opinions on tactical matters is normal regarding the intermediate means to reach our goal. However there can be no doubt about the ultimate goal of our strategy, namely the FEDERAL UNIFICATION AFRICA, as the best path for our collective survival in the globalized world of today.
This guide, to which will be annexed a code of conduct, can not, once adopted, be subject to substantial change unless the overwhelming majority of the committees at all levels deem it useful and necessary for a better functionality and efficiency.
Adopted unanimously by the IPC and to be translated into all the official languages of the Congress
Dakar, May 26, 2015