THE GOVERNANCE OF APRM NATIONAL GOVERNANCE STRUCTURES UNDER SCRUTINY
PUBLISHED BY: APRMPOSTED: 07-08-2019
Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, 25-26 July 2019 – The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) successfully held a two-day technical workshop with APRM national structures in its efforts to revitalise the APRM processes in participating Member States. The meeting was attended by 38 participants from 20 APRM Member States comprising Members of National Governing Council and National Secretariats.The APRM requires its Member States upon accession to establish national structures that comprise of a National Focal Point (NFP); a National Governing Commission or Council (NGC); and a National Secretariat. In its statute and guidelines the APRM stipulates the criteria and process upon and through which participating countries should establish these structures.
In his opening statement CEO of the APRM Continental Secretariat Prof. Eddy Maloka highlighted that “in practice national structures function in very different ways and the level of coordination is often not optimal. To achieve the mandates entrusted to the APRM by the AU it is of a high importance that all national structures in charge of governance collaborate and coordinate their activities related to governance”.The workshop hosted by the Government of Cote D’Ivoire provided a platform to both the NGCs and National Secretariat deliberate on challenges and best practices in setting up national structures. Participants discussed the development of a National Governance Plan as well as the evaluation and monitoring of the implementation of National Plan of Actions (NPoA).
Participants also discussed ways of constituting national structures in a manner that enables the establishment of a credible, competent and sustainable APRM process at national level. It was concluded that although it is important to allow participating countries to establish governance structures that meet their unique needs, for a one size fits all approach, has produced inconsistencies in methodologies and outputs. Therefore, Member States requested the continental secretariat to develop a guiding framework on the structure and organization of national structures.
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