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30 January 2020, Dakar, Senegal. H.E. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, presided over the official launch of the Country Review Report, which took place on 30 January 2020, in Dakar, Senegal. Participants included Government officials, Heads of national institutions, the Diplomatic Corps, APRM strategic partners, development agencies, the youth and women. Prof. Bakar Gueye, the Chairperson of the national NGC paid tribute to all the citizens, the UNDP and the leaders for the support the Council received during the review process and called for the President’s support for the successful implementation of the NPoAs. Mrs. Amata Diabaté, the UNDP country representative for Senegal expressed her gratitude to H.E. Macky Sall, the African Union for their leadership and the APRM for the unique approach to governance which encompasses voluntary accession and feedback to citizens. She reiterated the continued support of UNDP as a strategic partner. She finally drew the attention of member States on the issues of corruption, Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs), inverstor protection and tax collection.
Dr. Ali Abdel Rhamane Haggar presented the summary of findings of the CRR in the APRM four thematic areas and congratulated the Government for the best practices contained in the report. He requested the government to devote much attention to devising sustainable strategies in the areas of corporate social responsibility (CSR), youth unemployment, poverty, social and regional disparities as well as the street children commonly referred to as the “Talibés”.
In his statement, Prof. Eddy Maloka recalled the APRM country review reports are characterised by four principles of ownership of the report at the highest level, the inclusive and participatory process, technical competence and independence. For the CEO, the launch of the report reflects the commitment of APRM national structures, including the President, the Focal Point, the NGC, the National Secretariat and all partners. He added that, as the country is embarking on the implementation of the NPoA, further efforts in this regard will be required in order to produce annual progress reports.
Responding to the presentation, H.E. Macky Sall acknowledged that the APRM is a reliable instrument for socioeconomic development. He commended prof. Eddy Maloka for his continued efforts in the revitalisation of the Mechanism since 2016. In addition, the President confirmed the value of the report. He further said that the country has made some progress in some areas, but the challenge is to sustain them. This will require a strong partnership between the government, the private sector and development partners.
29 January 2020, Dakar, Senegal. The APRM in collaboration with the Cheick Anta Diop University (UCAD) of Dakar also held a public lecture on the role of the youth and women in promoting good governance policies. Mr. Mamadou Saliou Sow, Secretary of State of Good governance, Dr. Mustapha Mekideche, Mr. Bernard Konan acknowledged the socioeconomic contribution of the youth and women in African countries and their value addition in all governance initiatives. In his keynote address, Dr. Ali Abdel Rhamane Haggar stressed that, in the absence of legitimacy and good governance in the conduct of public affairs, the rights of the youth and women are in most cases, not respected. The APRM’s approach is to ensure that all segments of society are involved in its process. Mrs Aissatou Cissé, Advisor to the President, congratulated the Government of Senegal for the achievement in a broad-based socioeconomic development and advocated for further involvement of the most vulnerables, especially the persons with disabilities.
28 January 2020, Dakar, Senegal. The APRM held a successfully workshop on the harmonisation and integration of National Program of Action (NPoAs) into the National Development Plan (NDP). The workshop was officiated by Senegal Focal Point and Minister of Justice, Hon. Malick Sall, who expressed his gratitude to the APRM for the opportunity of having to host the workshop, especially as the country is implementing the recommendations of the its country review report. The participating countries at the workshop shared their experiences, including their successes and common challenges in the implementation of the NPoAs.
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