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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 29 March 2016: The Chief Executive Officer of the APRM Secretariat, Prof. Eddie Maloka, has briefed the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on the ongoing revitalization of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
The APRM CEO was paying his first courtesy visit to the AU Commission two months into his new assignment, on the margins of an Experts Group meeting under the theme: “Revitalization of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM): Strategizing, Planning, and Developing Improved Review Methodologies.” During their meeting, they discussed the rejuvenation of the APRM, particularly taking into consideration new continental and international frameworks such as Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.
In this regard, they exchanged views on the possibility of the APRM taking over the responsibility of monitoring and evaluating Agenda 2063’s implementation, in addition to its other peer-review responsibilities. The AU Commission Chairperson expressed her delight in seeing the reviving of APRM, adding that, “It would be really great to see the APRM get to a point where, we can rate ourselves in an objective and impartial manner, using our own mechanism. We would use it to correct what needs to be corrected and improve what needs to be improved upon.” They also reflected on the potential role of the APRM becoming a continental rating agency, as well as its integration into the African Union.
The Experts Group Meeting which was discussing the APRM’s revitalization strategy took place on 29-30 March, 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.