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Written by Cornelia Amoah (PAO)   
Monday, 27 July 2009 21:03
Members of Uganda’s APRM National Governing Council have returned home after a week-long working visit which took place in Accra and Akropong in the Eastern region.

The delegation which included the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Governing Council was led by Uganda’s minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu and the Chairperson of the National Planning Authority, Dr. Wilberforce Kisamba-Mugerwa.  

Meetings were held with Ghana’s Governing Council, the Deputy Minister for Foreign affairs, the National Development Planning Commission, the National Commission for Civic Education and the District Oversight Committee of Akuapem North.

With Ghana’s pioneering role as the first country to successfully go through Peer Review, the chairman of the National African Peer Review Mechanism Governing Council, Rev. Prof. S.K. Adjepong and members of the Council shared experiences in the dissemination of the Council’s activities, emphasizing a number of issues including the independence of the Council, the incorporation of the APRM National Programme of Action in Ghana’s Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy(GPRSll),  monitoring and evaluation of the implementation process, the introduction of the District Oversight Committee Concept which promotes  grassroots participation in  governance ,role of the media, as well as national and international achievements by Ghana’s  Governing Council. He also mentioned funding for the inauguration of the remaining District Oversight Committees in the country and the need for the APRM reports to be used in national dialogue and discourse as some of the challenges.

Uganda’s Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu congratulated Ghana’s Governing Council for her leadership role in the APRM process. He paid glowing tribute to Ghana’s first president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah for his vision, inspiration and exemplary leadership. He added that Uganda is proud to drink from Ghana’s fountain of experience and happy to let Ghana know how deeply the rest of Africa appreciates her outstanding roles in many spheres.

 The Chairman of Uganda’s Governing Council, Bishop Zac Niringiye commended Ghana’s Governing Council for the District Oversight Committee Concept and the sense of commitment exhibited by the Committee members of Akuapem North during discussions. He said the dedication of members in spite of the voluntary nature of the Oversight Committee Concept is the spirit that defines the new African and gives hope for the future.

 The Vice-Chairperson, Mrs. Solome Kimbugwe said Uganda’s APRM Governing Council has been working since the country’s review in June 2008 but was eager to come to Ghana to learn from her mistakes as well as achievements.

She said the benefits of the wide range of consultations and experience-sharing in Ghana are immeasurable.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2009 21:07