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African Peer Review Mechanism needs to be rejuvenated

Thursday 5 May 2016 18:44


African parliamentarians says the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) remains a relevant tool to advance good governance and entrench the rule of law on the continent.

APRM was initiated in 2002 and established in 2003 by the African Union in the framework of the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

It is a voluntary self-assessment tool instituted by African Heads of State, the APRM was designed to promote more effective governance across four thematic areas.

About 35 countries signed up for the voluntary self-assessment mechanism, but only seventeen, including South Africa have been assessed.

Some countries have been accused of failing to implement recommendations after being peer reviewed.

Several African leaders have also called for the rejuvenation of the APRM after concerns that the mechanism was loosing momentum.
Speaking at the Pan African Parliament in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, APRM's Chief Executive Officer, Professor Eddie Maloka highlighted some of the agency's successes.

Maloka says, “The APRM remains a clear manifestation of the will of the people. The mechanism has opened up the political space for citizen participation, fostered national dialogue and increased advocacy for good governance architecture.”

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