Address of the President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, to the joint session of the Parliament of Namibia - Windhoek, Namibia
I am certain that we are all agreed that good governance, the institutionalisation of democracy, political mobilisation for development, and creating conditions for political stability are the warp and woof we need to ensure that our people reap the development dividend that must come with liberation. For this purpose we have introduced the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) as yet another African initiative. The APRM is an essential tool for the signatory nations to gauge progress on the governance front, from an African perspective, on an objective basis, so as to make necessary interventions in areas of governance that may still need some fine-tuning. The APRM, which has been in force for a few years now, is there to remind all of us entrusted by our respective electorates to run the affairs of our countries, that whatever we do must be in the interest of the people. The success of this programme and the benefits that it accrues to signatories is shown by the fact that member countries reiterated their commitment to the APRM process at the Continental Conference in May this year.