13 November 2018, Mozambique – “APRM is an African Initiative by Africans for Africans” these are the words Lead Panel Member for Mozambique, Ambassador Omar Mona used in her introductory remarks at the consultative meeting with Mozambique Government Ministries. Amb. Mona said the purpose of the Second-Generation Country Review among others, was to show progress the Country has achieved since the first review, identify challenges in the implementation of the recommendations made and discuss the efforts being made to address those challenges. She further encouraged the Representatives to engage in frank, transparent and honest deliberations for the sake of the integrity of the APRM process.
Ambassador Mona then proceeded to thank the government of Mozambique for the decision to open themselves up again for a peer review. She highlighted that the Mission Team members do not represent their respective governments but work as experts for the mechanism, with specific thematic expertise. The Lead Panelist for Mozambique emphasised the need to ensure that the resultant report is objective and reflects the realities in the country.
Mr. Ferdinand Katendeko, APRM Country Coordinator for this mission went on to detail what the APRM process in Mozambique entails. Mr. Katendeko said the process included the production of the Country Self-assessment report and the current ongoing review process. As such he indicated that it is critical to have a dialogue with all parties and communities in Mozambique. It is in this regard he said, that the mission will visit three states, namely, Nampula, Gaza and Zambezi. Ministries in attendance were:
3. Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
5. Gender, Children and Welfare
6. Public Works and Housing
8. State Administration and Public Service
9. Water and Fishery
10. Agriculture and Food Security
12. Economic Governance and Management
13. Minerals and Energy
14. Trade and Industry
16. Promotion of Investments and Exports
17. Science and Technology