What are the objectives of the APRM?
The objectives of the APRM are primarily to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration through experience sharing and reinforcement of successful and best practices, including identifying deficiencies and assessment of requirements for capacity building.
What is Good Governance?
Good Governance involves making decisions and implementing the decisions in a manner that is participatory, consensus-oriented, accountable, transparent, effective and efficient, equitable, inclusive and guided by the rule of law.
Good Governance ensures that corruption is minimised, the views of minorities and the most vulnerable social groups are taken into account in decision-making and policies are implemented in a manner that promotes sustainable development.
How do countries become members of the APRM process?
Membership of the APRM is voluntary and open to all member countries of the African Union (UA). The process of accession usually starts with a country's expression of interest to become a member of the APRM, which is then followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the country and the APRM Forum at any of the Biannual AU/APRM Summits. The MoU was adopted in Abuja, Nigeria, in March 2003. The annual contribution from each member country is 100,000 $ US.
How is an APRM Review Conducted?
The APRM Review Mission is only one part of the overall Peer Review Process. A typical Review Mission may last for two and a half to three weeks, excluding the preparatory team meetings and the writing of the Country Review Report.
The first week of a review mission is usually spent in the capital, with the second week and possibly part of a third week in the regions or provinces. Since individual country reviews will have differences as a result of country specificities, review programmes are subject to variance.
The Mission meets with all national stakeholders, including Government Departments; Civil Society, including Religious Organizations, Academia, Minorities, Trade Unions; Members of the Judiciary; Parliament and Political Parties; Local Government Representatives; Women's Organizations; Youth Groups; the Private Sector including the Informal Sector Business Federations and/or Operators, Chambers of Commerce, Commercial Banks, Insurance Companies, SME Federations, Professional Bodies - Chartered Accountants, the Legal Profession, etc.
Who is the Chairperson of the APR Forum?
The current Chairperson of the APR Forum is His Excellency Idriss Déby Itno, President of Chad.
Who are the current Members of the APR Panel?
Professor Al-Amin Abu Manga was appointed to the APR Panel of Eminent Persons at the 20th Summit of the APR Forum held in Addis Ababa in January 2014. Al-Amin Abu-Manga is a Professor of African Languages and Linguistics, former director of The Institute of African & Asian Studies, University of Khartoum, and at present, the Head of the Department of Sudanese & African Languages at the above institute. He has been a member of the university senate for 23 continuous years. In the sphere of academics, Prof. Abu-Manga has published 13 books (as author or editor) and more than 40 research papers. He is also the Editor in Chief of Bulletin of Sudanese Studies (an annually issued scientific journal).
Professor Abu-Manga has participated in 41 academic conferences around the world. He is frequently present in the Sudanese media (daily newspapers, Radio and TV) and among the founders of ‘Voice of Africa Section’ in the National Radio Corporation (Sudan). Within the framework of public services, Prof. Abu-Manga is the chairman of the ‘Council for Development and Promotion of the National Languages’ (created through a Presidential Resolution) and a member of many other committees and councils of a national nature. He speaks Arabic, English, French, German, Hausa and Fulfulde.
Ms. Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla was appointed to the APR Panel of Eminent Persons at the 22nd Summit of the APR Forum held in Addis Ababa in January 2015. She was Minister of Public Enterprise in the Republic of South Africa from 25 September 2008 until 10 May 2009. Prior to her appointment as Minister of Public Enterprises, she served as Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology from 18 April 1995 until 25 February 2003; as Minister of Housing from 26 February 2003 until 28 April 2004 and as Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development of the Republic of South Africa from 29 April 2004 until 25 September 2008.
Ms. Mabandla became a Member of Parliament in South Africa 1994 and a Member of the ANC?s National Executive Council (NEC) in December 2007. She holds an LLB degree from the University of Zambia (1979). She was lecturer of Law and English at the Botswana Polytechnic from 1981 until 1983 and also lectured in Commercial Law at the Botswana Institute of Administration and Commerce from 1983 from 1986. She was Legal Advisor to the ANC Lusaka Legal and Constitutional Affairs Department from 1986 until 1990.