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GHANA AND BENIN HOSTS SUB-REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON WACAA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cornelia Amoah (PAO)   
Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:25

GHANA AND BENIN HOSTS SUB-REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A WEST AFRICAN CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE APRM IN ACCRA

Cross section of Delegates at the ConferenceDelegates from the West African sub-region - Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone, as well as from other sub-regions– Kenya, Mozambique and Uganda converged on Accra from Monday the 18th to the 20th of October 2010 to hold a sub regional conference on the African Peer Review Mechanism. Representatives from the APRM strategic partners such as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Development Bank and other institutions such as University of Quebec at Montreal, Partnership Africa-Canada, AFRIMAP, SAIIA and Pan-African Parliament also participated in the conference.

The theme of the conference was “The West African Centre for the Advancement of the APRM: A Case for Promoting Good Governance”

Delegates in conference roomThe proposed West African Centre for the Advancement of the APRM (WACAA) is a shared regional knowledge-based organization to promote good governance and enhance civil society and grassroots participation in the implementation of he APRM.

His Excellency, the Vice President John Mahama opened the conference on behalf of the President of the Republic of Ghana. In his speech, the H.E. President ommended the achievements of the APRM inspite of the skepticism that met its introduction about nine years ago. The APRM, he added, is a bold and ambitious
undertaking which does not only underscore the new political will of African  leaders to serve the well-being of their peoples but also challenges citizens and other stakeholders to act responsibly. The Vice President John Mahama pledged Ghana’s continued commitment to the APRM and also support for proposed West
African Centre for the Advancement of the APRM.


Delegates in conference roomBriefing participants on the African Governance Architecture, Dr. Kojo Busia of UNECA, indicated that the AGA was the overall political and institutional framework for the promotion of good governance in Africa. He explained that the AGA is not about creating new institutions but that it will enhance and coordinate
activities among Africa Union organs and institutions in order to strengthen capacity, promote good governance and regional integration.

Mr. Jamal Damar of the APR Secretariat, South Africa extended the support of the Secretariat to the WACAA initiative. He briefed participants on initiatives currently underway to address some of the fundamental challenges faced by post-review countries. These included the development of a Monitoring and Reporting Framework to assist countries in reporting on NPOA implementation.

Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria shared country-specific experiences in the implementation of their respective countries.

Civil Society Organizations (IDEG-Ghana and Partnership Africa-Canada) emphasized the need for deeper collaboration and understanding of the APRM to play its crucial role in ensuring its strategic engagement with civil society.

Dr. Kojo Busia, UNECAParliamentarians also called for clearer roles of engagement and a revision of the APRM Base Documents to institutionalize such roles.

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and AFRIMAP international research institutions emphasized the vital role of technical research.
The issue of research constraints was raised and African research institutions were encouraged to take the lead in research to ensure that African intellectuals and experts seize the opportunity to influence policy and more importantly, pass on information to the next generation of leaders.

The role of Development Planning Commissions and Authorities in ensuring the development and implementation of National Programmes of Action were emphasized. Importantly, the roles played by such institutions in merging the NPOAs with national development plans to exploit synergies and ensure effective
use of scarce resources were stressed.

Participants deliberated on the structure, management and leadership as well as partnerships and funding for the proposed knowledge-based organization.

The conference was closed by Ghana’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mr. Chris Kpodo. He reaffirmed the support of the government of Ghana to the APRM and WACAA.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the conference, participants among others endorsed in principle the establishment of WACAA within the context of the emerging African Governance Architecture. Participants emphasized that the proposed organization should be guided by the fundamental principles of African
ownership and leadership. The utilization of existing African Institutions as well as the promotion of peer learning was highlighted.

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