President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Technical Assistance to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Liberia Country Program and discussed a road-map for the Program ahead of the Country Self-Assessment and County Review Reports.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader signed the document and held discussions with the APRM Country Support Mission when they paid her a courtesy call at her office on Wednesday, February 24.
The APRM Country Support Mission is on a five-day visit to Liberia as guests of the Liberian Government.
They are visiting Liberia, a post-conflict country, to gauge its preparedness for self-assessment and country review reports as well as offer technical assistance.
Members of the Country Support Mission delegation include APR Lead Panel Member in charge of Liberia, Madam Brigitte S. Mabandla; Coordinator, APR Continental Secretariat in charge of Liberia, Mr. Ferdinand Katendeko; Representative, U. N. Economic Commission for Africa, Ms. Hodane Youssouf; and Representative of the African Development Bank, Ms. Patricia Larveley.
During the meeting, President Surleaf said even though no country would want their technicians to check on their leaders, she was “proud of the exercise,” adding: “We hope Liberia will be a part of benefitting from these processes.”
The Liberian leader commended the head of delegation, Madam Brigitte S. Mabandla, for assuming her new assignment here and urged her to “feel free, while in Liberia.”
She said the APRM involvement with Liberia was important, as according to her, Liberia’s own democratic maturity would be tested during the upcoming 2017 presidential and legislative elections.
President Sirleaf stressed that Liberia has been impressed with the performance of the APRM, recalling its involvement with so many positive things related to the development initiatives during Liberia’s post-conflict and post-Ebola eras.
She highlighted strengthening the nation’s youthful democracy and its governance
processes which have been some of APRM’s focus.
The Liberian Chief Executive observed that to ensure good governance, the APRM was the only institution that was in the business of allowing its technicians to evaluate the performance of others, like the case of Liberia, judging its leaders’ performances.
Regarding the 2017 elections, with the APRM in the same boat, she was confident that Liberia’s own political and democratic maturity would be tested.
“Your members are here, and we all are working together; they will be part of our strategy, to ensure good governance,” President Sirleaf indicated.