Uhuru urges African nations to re-build 'peer review'
29 January 2016, 19:59
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday launched a push to integrate
the African Peer Review Mechanism into the African Union system to make
it more relevant, and to provide the cash required to meet their
Capital News reported that President Kenyatta, who is the chairperson of APRM,
told fellow leaders that it was imperative that they meet their
budgetary obligations to ensure that the APRM became more effective and
delivered on its mandate of improving governance on the continent.
The President, who spoke when he opened a special summit of the
committee of Heads of State and Government participating in the African
Peer Review Mechanism, called for strengthening of APRM’s linkage with
regional economic blocs and NEPAD programmes.
He said APRM, through which African countries subject themselves to
standards they have to achieve for better governance, would become more
relevant when linked to the implementation of frameworks such as the
African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda
“We must hasten the integration of the APRM in the African Union
system. This will make the mechanism more credible, relevant, and
visible at the continental stage and will give impetus to our
revitalisation efforts,” the President said.
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According to The Star, President Kenyatta, who took over the leadership of the APRM last
year, called for the special summit to renew Africa’s commitment to the
review system for better governance.
So far, 37 countries have acceded to the system out of which 17 have
been reviewed with Djibouti, Zambia and Tanzania being the latest
countries to go through the review.
“The reviews have been key in helping us identify areas that require
improvement to create enabling environment to pursue our development
agenda. It is my hope and expectation that the remaining countries will
expedite the process of initiating reviews,” said the President.
President Kenyatta urged the Heads of State and Government gathered
at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa that they should
revitalise Africa’s voluntary guest for better governance.
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