Liberia Leader Launches APRM External Country Review Mission

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on April 11, 2017 officially launched the African Peer Review Mechanism(APRM) external review mission to Liberia.

Launching the Mission at the Conference room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Liberian leader welcomed the external review team and expressed delight at having them in Liberia saying “It is important for me to be associated with the APRM for Liberia to be reviewed”.

She thanked the external review team for helping Liberia fulfill her dream. She expressed Liberia’s strong commitment to the review process.

The lead Panel member in charge of Liberia, Honorable Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla who is in Liberia at the head of a high power 14 member external review team expressed happiness that Liberia is on the road to be reviewed and said she is confident that the process will be on time.

The APRM Mission Monday (April 10, 2017) paid a courtesy call on the National Focal Point of APRM Liberia country program, Finance and Development Planning Minister Honorable Boima S. Kamara.

Welcoming the delegation, Hon. Kamara thanked the Mission for their visit and expressed delight in receiving the team. He described Liberia’s success in having the self-assessment study and the review report as a legacy project of this government.

The Lead Panel in charge of Liberia, Honorable Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla, thanked the Minister and the people of Liberia for the warm reception accorded the mission. She expressed delight that Liberia was able to conduct the self-assessment study despite the short timeline of the road map. She prayed that the incoming government will not depart from this legacy project.

The mission is in Liberia as part of a two week external review mission and is expected to shortly visit 10 of the 15 counties of Liberia to validate the report from the self-assessment study.

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) was established in 2003 as an African Union initiative for promoting good governance within the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), The objectives of the APRM are primarily to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration through experience sharing and reinforcement of successful and best practices, including identifying deficiencies and assessment of requirements for capacity building.

The foundation of the APRM is built around four thematic pillars: Democracy and Political Governance, Economic Governance and Management, Corporate Governance and Socio-economic Development. The APRM is a commonly approved framework voluntarily consented to by member states. Since its establishment in 2003, 37 countries constituting more than half of African countries with three-quarter of its population have acceded to the APRM framework.

Liberia acceded to the 14th Forum of Heads of States and Governments of the APRM in January 2011 and has made meaningful contributions in terms of representation and participation. In May 2013, Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was appointed Chairperson of the APRM Forum at the 19th Summit of Heads of State and Governments participating in the APRM in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

MFDP minister, Honorable Boima S. Kamara is Liberia’s National Focal Person to the APRM. Liberia has a National Secretariat and has a nine member National Governing Council with representation from various sectors of the Liberian society.

About the African Peer Review Mechanism

A Specialised Agency of the African Union (AU), the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) was initiated in 2002 and established in 2003 by the African Union in the framework of the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).Liberia acceded to the APRM framework in 2011.

Liberia acceded to the APRM in January 2011 and has made meaning contributions in terms of representation and participation. Thirty-seven out of 54 countries in Africa have voluntarily acceded to the APRM Framework.

APRM is a tool for sharing experiences, reinforcing best practices, identifying deficiencies, and assessing capacity-building needs to foster policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration.

Member countries use the APRM to self–monitor all aspects of their governance and socio-economic development. African Union (AU) stakeholders participate in the self-assessment of all branches of government – executive, legislative and judicial – as well as the private sector, civil society and the media. The APRM Review Process gives member states a space for national dialogue on governance and socio-economic indicators and an opportunity to build consensus.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.