04 February 2022 (Virtual) – Under the auspice of the Chairperson of APR Forum, H.E Cyril Ramaphosa, the APRM held its virtual 31st Summit of the APR Forum of the Heads of State and Government.In his opening remarks, Chairperson of the APR Forum and President of the Republic of South Africa H.E Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his gratitude to all APR Forum Peers for the support afforded to him during his two (2) year tenure as Chair of the APR Forum.“Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021 the APRM continued to make strides in the implementation of its mandate and functions. We have recorded remarkable success towards the realisation of the Strategic Plan of the Mechanism as well as Agenda 2063, Aspirations and its Ten (10) Year Implementation Plan” alluded the Chair of the Forum.”Furthermore H.E Ramaphosa expressed his gratitude to Chairperson of the Committee of Focal Points and Minister of Public Service and Administration of the Republic of South Africa, Hon. Ayanda Dlodlo, the APR Panel of Eminent Persons led by Ambassador Ombeni Sefue; Chief Executive Officer of the APRM Continental Secretariat Prof. Eddy Maloka and his team; as well as to APRM strategic partners for their efforts of ensuring that the APRM review processes continue to be characterised by integrity, independence, professionalism and credibility.
President Ramaphosa also welcomed Burundi “for taking a very decisive step to accede to the APRM”.
Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat commended the APRM for its sterling and impressive achievement.
“Despite its difficult beginnings, the APRM has never ceased to show resilience and courage. As the revitalization process comes to an end, it is clear today that the APRM has made remarkable progress, including the increased accession of States to the APRM,” said H.E Faki Mahamat.
The AUC Chairperson also expressed his hope that those AU Member States who have not yet accessed to the APRM will do so and assimilate the Republic of Burundi so that universal accession can be a reality by 2023 with the aim of strengthening collaborations, partnerships and exchanges between the organs and agencies of the African Union.
The 31st APRM Forum also peer reviewed the following countries; the Country Review of the Republic of Namibia, the 2nd Generation Reviews of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of South Africa.
In the same meeting, the Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Mauritius presented their Progress Reports on the Implementation of the APRM National Programme of Action (NPoA) in their respective countries.
The 31st APRM Forum also acknowledged the Africa Governance Report 2021 for presentation at the 35th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly.
In the meetings H.E President Cyril Ramaphosa handed over the APR Forum Chairpersonship to the Republic of Sierra Leone President, H.E Julius Maada Bio, for a term of two (2) years.
President Ramaphosa will further present his Report to the 35th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly on his two-year tenure as Chair of the APRM Forum.
The meeting also bade farewell to former APR Panel Members Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, Bishop Dinis Sungulane, Ambassador Attia Mona and Professor Fatma Karadja.
Additionally, the Summit announced the appointment of the following new members of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons: Mr. Matthew Gowaseb from the Republic of Namibia, Hon. Lydia Wanyoto-Mutende from the Republic of Uganda and Amb. Ahmed Araita from the Republic of Djibouti.
The Summit also decided that the 20th Anniversary of APRM should be celebrated by the continent and the AU Family throughout the year 2023 with a series of activities and events.