A senior team from the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Secretariat, headed by Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, APRM Lead Panel Member for Mauritius, paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Collendavelloo, yesterday at the Government House in Port Louis.
During the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister dwelt on the importance of the APRM which he said has contributed extensively to the development and advancement of many countries in Africa. This mechanism, he stated, promotes peer learning and sharing through constructive dialogue and persuasion adding that it is a powerful instrument for Africa's self-assessment of good governance. He also spoke about the four thematic areas of the APRM namely Democracy and Political Governance, Economic Governance and Management, Corporate Governance, and Broad-based Sustainable Socio-economic Development.
Furthermore, he rejoiced that Mauritius has retained its first position in overall governance in Africa for the 12th consecutive year according to the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) 2018.
For his part, Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, pointed out that Mauritius has a lot to share in terms of best practices. He underlined that the APRM is an excellent innovation for Africa since it is a self-monitoring mechanism and a mutually-agreed instrument which is acceded on a voluntary basis by member States. He also underlined the need for a formal structure for the National Governing Committee.
The team comprised of Pr. Migai Akech, Coordinator for Mauritius, from the APRM Secretariat, and Mr Dalmar Jama, Principal Strategic Planning Officer, from the Office of the Chief of Staff. The delegation was in Mauritius from 12 to 13 November in the context of a follow-up mission programme of the APRM.
Objectives of the mission
The objective of the mission was to take stock of progress in completing the first APRM Mauritian Progress Report on its base review, and plan for its presentations by the Prime Minister at the next APRM forum of Heads of State and Government which will be held in February 2019 in Addis Abeba. The aim was also to discuss with the Mauritian Government on a roadmap for the country's second review.
During the visit, the team had several meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade; the Minister of Financial Services, Good Governance and Institutional Reforms; as well as with NGOs, the civil society and the private sector. The members of the team also participated in a National Governing Committee on APRM that was held on 12 November 2018 at the University of Mauritius and which was chaired by the Chairperson of the Mauritius Council of Social Services (MACOSS).