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Prez Sirleaf appoints Governing Council members

Benjamin S. Taingay
Center for Media Studies and Peace Builing Executive Director, Malcolm Joseph
Center for Media Studies and Peace Builing Executive Director, Malcolm Joseph

( 18, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appointed members of the National Governing Council (NGC) of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Country Program.

The NGC comprises stakeholders from various sectors of Liberian society, and provides policy and strategic direction for the rollout of the APRM County Program. They are appointed for a two-year term.

According to an Executive Mansion release, sectors and individual representatives appointed include Government Institutions, represented by Emmanuel David of the General Auditing Commission (GAC), and Civil Society represented by Malcolm Joseph of the Center for Media Studies and Peace Building.

The release also named the Women’s Organization, represented by Ma Kebeh Monger of the Rural Women Association, the Private Sector, represented by Dee-Maxwell Kemayah of the Liberia Business Association, and the Marginalized and Disabled, represented by Rev. Fallah Boima-Cymbianoh of the National Union of Organizations of the Disabled.

Others include the Traditional Council, represented by Janjay Jacobs of the Traditional Council of Liberia, as well as Academia, represented by Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn of the National Commission on High Education. 

Appointees from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Political Parties, Youth and Religious Council will be announced later following ongoing consultations, the release also said.

Liberia formally acceded to the APRM in January 2011 and in May 2013, President Johnson-Sirleaf was elected Chairperson of the African Peer Review Forum.

Upon taking office, the Liberian leader appointed the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, as National APRM Focal Point, and in 2013, Minister Konneh assumed the Chairmanship of the Committee of APRM Focal Points, the release further noted.

It also noted that the Committee of APRM Focal Points is the sole authority that oversees the APRM administration, and assumes oversight responsibility for the implementation of Liberia’s Country Program.

The process to implement the Country Program began with the recent recruitment of a National Secretariat to support the activities of the NGC, which is the Mechanism’s highest domestic decision making body.

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) was launched in 2003 by the African Union (AU) and it is a mutually agreed instrument voluntarily acceded to by the Member States of the AU as an African self-monitoring mechanism.

The APRM is a bold, unique and innovative approach, designed and implemented by Africans for Africa.

The mandate of the APRM is to encourage conformity in regard to political, economic and corporate governance values, codes and standards, among African countries and the objective in socio-economic development within the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

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.

Such activities are carried out through experience sharing and reinforcement of successful and best practices, including identifying deficiencies and assessment of requirements for capacity building, it concluded.


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