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What mooted the idea of APRM? PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 March 2009 10:20

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)

The APRM is an African self-monitoring system which entails a country voluntarily submitting to make its own citizens undertake an internal audit or national self-assessment of its political,economic, corporate and socio-economic governance system after which an external audit or verification of the self-assessment report is made by an independent panel from the African Union (AU). In addition to the self-assessment report, a country must prepare a Programme of Action (PoA) to address shortcomings found in the assessment.

In short, the APRM has three main components: namely an internal audit, where citizens conduct their own country self-assessment and prepare a PoA. Next, a country submits itself to an external audit by an independent African Peer Review (APR) Panel. After this independent audit the Panel presents its findings in the form of a Country Review Report and a PoA to the APRM Forum which is made up of the Heads of State whose countries have submitted to the peer review mechanism. The Forum then subjects the country to peer review on the basis of the APR Panel's Country Review Report and the accompanying PoA.

The APRM has several advantages including fostering national dialogue, promoting transparency and enabling countries to identify capacity gaps, weaknesses , strenghts and deficiencies for improvement to raise their standard of living.

Below: A photograph of Country Review Mission with APRM Eminent person for Ghana, Dr. Chris Stals in May, 2004

A photograph of Country Review Mission with APRM Eminent person for Ghana, Dr. Chris Stals in May, 2004

 
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