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Communique issued at the end of the 22nd APRM summit

APR 07, 2015 - Press release
APRM CommunicationPosted: APR 07, 2015

The 22nd Summit of the Committee of Heads of State and Government Participating in the African Peer Review Mechanism [APR Forum] was held on 29 January 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  The Summit was chaired by H.E. Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, who represented H.E Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia and Chairperson of the APR Forum. Other Heads of State & Government, including Ministers and senior Government representatives of countries who are members of the Forum attended the Summit.  

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission also attended on behalf of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

The following members of the African Peer Review Mechanism Panel of Eminent Persons [APR Panel] attended the Summit: Ambassador Fatuma Ndangiza (Chairperson), Ambassador Ashraf Rashed (Vice Chairperson), Dr. Mustapha Mekideche, Professor Al-Amin Abu-Manga, Professor Mahamoud Youssouf Khayal and Mr Joseph Tsang Mang Kin.

The Interim Chief Executive Officer of the APRM Secretariat, Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, and staff members of the Secretariat were in attendance.

APRM Partner Institutions that also attended the Summit included UNDP, ECA, AfDB, NEPAD Agency and UNOSAA.

In his welcome address, H.E. Jacob Zuma welcomed his peers and thanked the Government and the People of Ethiopia for hosting the Summit. He commended Zambia, Mozambique, Namibia, Tunisia, Malawi, Mauritius and Mauritania for their peaceful and successful elections and encouraged other African countries that are yet to hold elections to follow their example. 

The Forum noted and commended Benin and Sierra Leone for their readiness to present Progress Reports on the implementation of their National Programmes of Action. In the absence of these countries’ Heads of State, and in accordance with established practice, it was agreed that their Progress Reports would be presented at June 2015 Summit. 

To ensure implementation of some of the decisions which would bring stability at the Secretariat, the APR Forum approved the appointment of the current CEO of the  NEPAD Agency to act as the Interim CEO for the APRM Secretariat on a benevolent basis pending the recruitment of a substantive CEO. The Forum extended its deep appreciation to the interim CEO and his NEPAD colleagues for the successes of the transition period.

The Forum welcomed President Alassane Ouattara and congratulated the Government and People of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire on its decision to accede to the Mechanism.

The Forum expressed gratitude to the Government and the People of Equatorial Guinea for volunteering to host the 2015 African Cup of Nations Tournment. For his part, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo briefed the Forum on important governance-related reforms that have fostered peace, stability and socio-economic progress in Equatorial Guinea.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, commended the successful elections in several African countries and the continental positive  response to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. He emphasized the role APRM is expected to play in accompanying the AU Agenda 2063 and post 2015 Development Agenda.

The Deputy Chairperson commented on the ongoing process of integration of the APRM into the AU System and assured the Forum of positive results by the June 2015 Summit. 

H.E. Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the country’s accession to the APRM, thereby bringing the membership of the Mechanism to 35 countries. 

President Ouattara thanked the APRM Forum for welcoming his country to the APRM Family. He cited progress achieved in the socio-economic and political spheres in Cote d’Ivoire and assured the Forum of his country’s readiness for review.

At the Closed Session, the Chairperson of the APR Panel, Ambassador Fatuma Ndangiza, presented the Panel’s Progress Report on country review activities and also elaborated on the finalisation of the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the APRM as well as the Communication Policy and Strategy and the Work Plan for 2015.

The Report cited Djibouti, Chad, Sudan, and Senegal as countries on course for their first cycle review, while Kenya and Uganda are poised for their second review. 

With regard to the APRM Administrative and Financial Matters, the Forum noted and endorsed the Report presented by the APRM Committee of Focal Points, which recommended a new Chief Executive Officer and Four (4) Divisional Heads of the APRM Secretariat. The Forum approved the appointment of Professor Adebayo Olukoshi as the new CEO of the APRM Secretariat.

The Interim CEO of the APRM Secretariat presented a Report on the Transitional Management of the Secretariat since June 2014 and outlined the achievements made. He also thanked the Forum for the confidence reposed in him, and expressed appreciation for the opportunity offered to him to make his modest contribution to Africa.

The Forum appointed Kenya as Vice-Chairperson of the APR Forum, which the country accepted.

The Forum further endorsed the nominations of Madam Bridgitte Mabandla from South Africa and Chief Mrs. Chinyere E. Asika from Nigeria as new Panel Members respectively replacing Ms Baleka Mbete (current Speaker of National Parliament of South Africa), and Ambassador Professor Okon Edet Uya, from Nigeria, who passed away in April 2014.

The Forum accepted the proposal to appoint the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the APRM Panel at the June 2015 Summit of the APRM Forum.

In his closing remarks, President Jacob Zuma commended countries that have regularly been paying up their membership dues, and appealed to member States in arrears to make efforts to pay their contributions. He further encouraged acceding countries that make special contributons beyond the mandatory contributions to continue doing so to ensure ownership and sustainability of the Mechanism.

H.E. Jacob Zuma thanked his peers for their resourceful contributions to the deliberations. He further congratulated Cote d’Ivoire on its accession and thanked Dr Mayaki once more for his able stewardship, on a benevolent basis, as Interim CEO of the APRM Secretariat. 

The APRM Forum decided to hold its next Summit in South Africa in June 2015 on the margins of the AU Summit.

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