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Gov’t launched APRM in Buchanan, Grand Bassa

Maximilian Kasseh, Jr./Jos Garneo Cephas
Development Planning Minister Boima Kamara, speaking during the program
Development Planning Minister Boima Kamara, speaking during the program

MONROVIA-Finance and Development Planning Minister Boima Kamara has assured Liberians of a pending African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) self-assessment study and review processes would be inclusive to reflect nationwide participation.

“The conduct of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) would show the manifestation of the emphasis we placed on the involvement of the local population in the APRM process, instead of focusing on Montserrado County alone, “Minister Kamara said.

According to Finance and Development Planning Ministry’s release, the APRM National Focal Point person for Liberia, Minister Kamara, made the statement Wednesday January 4, 2017, when he officially launched the country’s APRM in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

The Liberia APRM National Focal Point Person said: “We are delighted as a country to continue the process of national awareness, sensitization and Outreach Campaign with citizens and stakeholders across the 15 political sub-divisions of our beloved country.”

Minister Kamara further emphasized; “That a country with the involvement of its people, reports on how your government is governing. This is what I referred to as “write your own story.”

The Minister has therefore, reaffirmed President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s commitment at an earlier APRM Summit held August in 2016, which indicated Liberia, conducting its self-assessment in July, 2017, adding that the President’s commitment is assured by the numerous engagements, including the country’s contributions since Liberia acceded in January 2011.

Minister Kamara however recounted the exemplary leadership exhibited by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during her two year tenure as chairperson of the APRM, and the consultancy services contributed by the Governance
The Commission Chairman, Dr.Amos Sawyer, served as member of the Panel of Eminent Persons.

It can be recalled that in February 2016 the APRM Country Support Mission met with President Sirleaf and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for technical assistance to the APRM Liberia County program.

Eight months later, in October 2016, a joint APRM-ECA (United National Economic Commission on Africa) Technical Mission Visited Liberia and participated in the launch of the National Sensitization and Outreach Campaign.

The delegation headed by Professor Eddy Maloka, also provided technical assistance and capacity building for key stakeholders and four Technical Research Institutes (TRI’s).

He said the aim of the various activities is to prepare Liberia ahead of the conduct of its self-assessment study and country review which is expected to be done in six months. The release further quotes the MFDP Minister as calling on everyone at various levels of the Liberian society to take advantage and fully participate in the process.

“We equally admonish all actors to cooperate with the Technical Research Institute, the National Governing Council and the APRM of the National Secretariat as Liberia conducts its self-assessment study. This is not going to be a Monrovia Based exercise, “Minister Kamara asserted.

The ceremony brought to four the total number of counties the APRM Liberia Country’s program National Sensitization and Outreach has been launched.

The awareness was over the past few weeks launched in Ganta, Nimba County, Kakata, Margibi County, and Gbarnga, Bong County.

The launch is also expected to continue in Cestos City, Rivercess County to mark the end of the first phase of the APRM National Awareness and Sensitization drive.

The APRM is a strategy through which a country can access its own performances in four thematic areas instead of depending on international groups alone.

The four thematic areas under the APRM include: Democracy and Political Governance, Economic Governance and Management, Socio-Economic Development and Corporate Governance.

It was initiated in 2003 by the African Union (AU) within the framework of the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

There are currently 37 out of Africa’s 54 countries that are members of the APRM. These countries, including Liberia, uphold the principle on which the APRM is built. Each pillar has several counts that member states must subscribe to.\

 


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