Libreville, 30 June 2022 – Following Gabon’s accession to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in 2003, the national APRM process, which had undergone substantial development, halted in 2011. Since 2019, due to the political will displayed by authorities, the process has been relaunched. At the 30th APRM Forum, held virtually on 25 March 2021, Madame Rose Christiane Ossouka RAPONDA, Prime Minister of Gabon, Head of Government, reaffirmed her government’s intention to relaunch the process so that H.E. Ali Bongo ONDIMBA, President of the Republic of Gabon, would receive the country review report at the next APR Forum in 2023. As part of this relaunch, the APRM conducted a support mission to Libreville from 27 June to 1er July 2022, under the leadership of Dr. Ousmane Mamadou DIALLO, APR Panel of Eminent Persons in charge of Gabon, who was accompanied by Dr. Rachel Mukamunana, Director of Country Reviews; Ms. Diana Demba Mutondo, Country Coordinator in charge of Gabon and Dr. Valery Yao, Country Coordinator. Dr. Hortense Nguema OKOME, Head of the African Union Liaison Office to ECCAS, participated in this mission.The APRM Continental delegation received by the high authorities of the Republic of Gabon
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Madame Yolande NYONDA, received in audience the APRM delegation on 28 June 2022. Mr. Pamphile Sangoma, Director of Cabinet, Mr. Christophe M’Boyi, Permanent Secretary of the APRM Gabon, and Ms. Madame Arondo Ginette EDZANG, Secretary General of the said Ministry, also took part in the meeting.
The delegation was successively received by the President of the National Assembly, H.E. Mr Faustin BOUKOUBI and the First President of the Court of Auditors, Mr René Aboghe ELLA. During each of the audiences, the authorities underlined the commitment of Gabon and its institutions to good governance. Dr. Ousmane Diallo brought fraternal greetings from H.E. Julius Maada BIO, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and current Chair of the APRM Forum of Heads of State and Government. He also took the opportunity to sensitise the highest authorities and advocate for greater support from these institutions which are key stakeholders in the process.
The delegation was also received by the Permanent Secretariat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the meeting, Mr. Christophe Mboyi introduced his team and gave a presentation on the progress that has been made since his appointment in 2019. Dr. Ousmane Diallo praised the leadership of H.E. Michael Moussa ADAMO, Minister of Foreign Affairs and APRM Focal Point, for his constant support for the APRM-Gabon, as well as the efforts made by the APRM Permanent Secretary in carrying out his mission.