As a means of having an accurate and independent self-assessment of the country’s activities in relation to good governance since January 2015 to date, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) as part of their responsibility yesterday, engaged representatives from various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA’s) at their Secretariat along Siaka Stevens Street.
The APRM mechanism was adopted in 2003 by member States of the African Union to promote and re-enforce high standards of governance under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) framework as Sierra Leone acceded to it in 2004.
It was also adopted as the political anchor for sustenance of good governance and democracy on the continent to ensure effective self-monitoring mechanism on the policies and practices of participating states conform to the agreed political, economic and corporate governance values, codes and standards contained in the declaration on democracy, political, economic and corporate governance.
According to the National Programme Manager of APRM, Mohamed Alusine Kabia, the primary purpose of APRM is to foster the implementation of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerate sub-regional and continental economic integration through sharing of experiences and reinforcement of successful and best practices including identifying deficiencies and assessing the needs for capacity building.
He maintained that APRM operates on four thematic areas including democracy and good governance, economic governance, corporate governance and socio-economic development, explaining that the purpose of engaging the focal persons from the MDA’s is to get from them, the progress report of their various Ministry from January 2015 to date, as they have already captured the reports of 2013 and 2014 into their template.
The National Programme Manager states that they received a correspondence recently from their Continental office to include part of 2015 activities into their report to be submitted earlier next month, adding that they included into their template, activities related to socio-economic impact of deadly ebola epidemic and other relevant issues.
He states that it is part of their responsibility to look at the activities of the MDA which is why they are requesting for the MDA’s progress report to be inputted into their template, as report to be discussed internationally by President Ernest Bai Koroma annually with counter-part countries, urging the MDA’s to send in their reports before the end of this month (April), as they should send it to the Continental office on the 8th of May 2015.