19 June 2012

Tanzania to Present APRM Report Next Year, Says Minister

TANZANIA will present its African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) report in January next year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as it awaits feedback from the evaluation team.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Bernard Membe, addressed a press conference in Dar es Salaam on Monday in the wake of a story published in some sections of the media, alleging that the country failed to present the APRM report to the African Union (AU) due to outstanding membership fees.

"It is true that we have outstanding fees amounting to 800,000 US dollars and plans are underway to pay but what made us fail to present the APRM report is feedback from the evaluation team that visited Tanzania early this year," he said.

Mr Membe noted that it is required that an evaluated country waits for feedback from evaluators before presenting the report and huge outstanding fees cannot hinder the presentation."We are closely following-up with the treasury in seeing to it that the fees are paid. We are entitled to pay some 100,000 US dollars every year," he said.

In March last year, the parliamentary committee was told that the government risks not being assessed by an external APRM mission due to outstanding membership fees.The APRM-Tanzania Executive Secretary, Ms Rehema Twalib, was quoted as saying to the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security that the country needed to pay some 700,000 US dollars in membership fees.

The debt comprised some 600,000 US dollars that was unpaid between 2005 and 2010 and another 100,000 US dollars that was due for last year.However, the external mission has already toured the country and carried out the audit and now the government is awaiting feedback.

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