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29-31 May 2019, Ottawa, Canada – The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) participated in the 6th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit 2019 held in Ottawa, Canada. The Summit brought together 79 member countries and 20 Local Governments of OGP as well as thousands of civil society groups, multilateral organisations and academia. The 2019 Summit’s goal was to share knowledge and consider solutions for a more open and transparent governance in the member states.
APRM also participated in the OGP Africa Ministerial Meeting that was held on the margins of the Summit. The two institutions availed themselves of the opportunity to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen both governance initiatives and achieve significant results on the continent.
Prof. Eddy Maloka indicated that both institutions could join efforts and work for a more visible impact, without competition, by:
Prof. Maloka concluded his remarks by thanking OGP for associating APRM with the OGP Africa Ministerial Meeting and reiterated that APRM is ready for further collaboration with OGP.
For his part, the CEO of OGP, Mr. Sanjay Pradham, indicated that “signing the MoU between APRM and OGP, is like planting a seed that will become a springboard to revitalise and re-energise the governance agenda in Africa in the service of the citizens. He explained that APRM brings the overarching governance platform for Africa, which is an important ingredient for OGP.
Expressing his optimism about the collaboration between APRM and OGP, Mr. Sanjay Pradham acknowledged that both institutions share the same goals: APRM is fundamentally about transforming closed governance into people-centred governance in Africa. On the other hand, OGP also tries to empower citizens to shape and oversee governments. He noted that APRM and OGP share 11member states in Africa and illustrated how the two mechanisms are complementary, with APRM providing a long-term vision and OGP offering an opportunity to convert that long-term vision into a two-year concrete commitment action plan.
Mr. Sanjay Pradham concluded his remarks by calling on everyone present at the meeting to join forces to revive high-level political commitment to the good governance agenda.
He announced that APRM and OGP, in partnership with the African Union, will jointly host a high-level Symposium that will bring together African leaders to reflect on anti-corruption as a priority concern in both APRM and OGP. He expressed the hope that the joint initiative will generate a positive and strong impact in terms of commitments.
Commenting on the APRM/OGP project, the Legal Advisor in the Office of the Deputy President of Kenya, Dr. Korir Sing’ Oei, opined that the APRM-OGP collaboration is a positive step for good governance which, if seriously managed, will have a dramatic impact as the two institutions seek to face the challenges that continue to imperil the continent.