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African Peer Review questions poverty in Liberia

By Nathan Charles

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) has challenged local stakeholders to design more robust strategy to lift the country from poverty.

The head of the APRM “Get Acquainted Mission” delegation to Liberia, Baleka Mbete, said: “Due to bad governance and corruption, most Africans, including Liberians, are poor.”

Madam Mbete made the statements Thursday 7th March, 2013 in Monrovia, during separate discussions with government ministries, agencies and local civil society organizations.

The delegation discussed with Stakeholders, including Governance and General Auditing, Justice, Commerce and Agriculture Ministries.

Other stakeholders that participated in the discussion include the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), civil society organizations, student groupings and the banking sector.

Madam Mbete is also a member of the African Union Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the lead panelist for Liberia.

For his part, the Liberia National Student Union National Vice President, Wisdom Fayah, recommended that the voices of the masses be represented at all stages of the AU Panel of Eminent Persons Review process.

Mr. Fayah said: “I have observed that the common people’s voices are not highlighted in several policies.
Responding, Madam Mbete assured that the report will reflect all sectors of Liberia.

Liberia joined the African Peer Review Process at the forum of Heads of State and Government in 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


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