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Communique issued at the end of the 68th Meeting of the APR Panel

APR 14, 2015 - Official Statements
APRM CommunicationPosted: APR 14, 2015

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 21-22 June 2014 - The APR Panel of Eminent Persons (APR Panel) held its 68th Meeting on 21 and 22 June 2014 on the margins of the 21st Summit of the APR Forum in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Ambassador Fatuma Ndangiza, Chairperson of the APR Panel, presided over the meeting.  

The following members of the Panel attended the meeting: Ambassador Mohamed Ashraf Rashed (Vice-Chairperson), Dr. Mustapha Mekideche, Mr. Joseph Tsang Mang Kin, Professor Al-Amin Abu-Manga Professor Mahamoud Youssouf Khayal. 

The Panel adopted the Minutes of its 67th Meeting as well as the Report of the APRM Secretariat and considered the following among other Agenda items:

Reports of the Panel Sub-committees;

Report on the Meeting of Focal Points held on 9 and 10 June 2014 in Dakar, Senegal;
Presentation of the Joint APRM/OECD workshop;
Preparations for the APRM meeting with Strategic Partners, Pre-summit Meeting with APRM Focal Points and the 21st Summit of the APR Forum;
Highlights of the Meeting: 

The Panel stressed the importance of an effective communications plan of action to better inform the public about the work of the APRM;

The APR Panel of Eminent Persons recommended the organisation of a NEPAD/APRM Retreat to enhance synergy and deepen understanding of the two institutional mandates;
The Meeting recommended that the Focal Points consider to conduct an institutional review of the APRM Secretariat with a view to strengthening the professional and operational capacity of the Secretariat;

The Meeting also appointed Ambassador Mohamed Ashraf Rashed and Professor Mahamoud Youssouf Khayal to represent the Panel on the Adhoc Recruitment Committee on recruitment of the CEO and Senior Staff of the APRM Secretariat. 
Other issues considered by Panel:

Report on the activities undertaken by the APR Panel Members since its 67th Meeting;
Prioritization of APRM Members Countries expected to undergo Peer Review by January/June 2015;

The imminent accession to the Mechanism expressed by Cape Verde and  Côte d'Ivoire;
The Status of the APRM Process in Member States poised for Review but handicapped by financial constraints. 
The Communication and Publications Sub-committee came up with the following recommendations;

Establishment and design of a structured communications database;
Improvement of the APRM Twitter facility;

Establish and design communication tools and information system for reporting on Panel activities;

A press conference after each Panel Meeting; Production, on a daily basis of a summary proceedings of Panel Meetings that may be highlighted in the final Communique,
A speedy overhaul of the APRM Website for the posting of topical information;
Panel Members to assist in providing highlights of their missions to the Communications Department; Organization of the APRM/OECD workshop as part of the strategy of sharing experiences on peer review process and enhance the visibility of the Mechanism;
The Planning, Programming and Institutional Relations Sub-committee presented the 2014-2015 revised work plan outlining the following components;

Countries to undergo advance missions
-  Tunisia, Togo, Ghana and Kenya.

Support Missions
-  Liberia, Mauritania, Senegal and Chad.

Follow-up Missions
-  Gabon, Djibouti and Nigeria.

Country Review Missions
-  Sudan and Djibouti

Launch of Country Review Reports
-  Tanzania 

Second Cycle Post-Review Missions
-  Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.

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