Botswana: APRM Security, Peace, Dev. Catalyst

Gaborone — The Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is a catalyst towards the attainment of peace, security and sustainable development in Africa.

Officially opening an APRM workshop in Gaborone on May 13, Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Mr Nonofo Molefhi said the overarching objective of APRM was to afford all AU member states an opportunity to grow together and develop standards that provided a uniform approach in development.

Therefore the mechanism ought to be fully embraced by all AU member states if they were to attain prosperity for the people of Africa.

He said the mechanism afforded AU member states an opportunity to support each other through review of policies, processes and best practice.

Mr Molefhi reaffirmed government's commitment to the success of the mechanism in improving governance in Africa.

About the worskhop, he said it came at a crucial time as it sought to advice on the establishment of the national structures such as focal point, national secretariat and national governance commission in order to manage APRM activities, adding that it also aimed to advice on the provision of budget, timeframe discussion and future support missions.

"While we can possibly share some exceptionally good accounts of our own development and progress, we will without a doubt benefit a great deal from the experiences of those we will get a chance to review," he said.

APRM chairperson Professor Ibrahim Gambari said Botswana was known for its achievements as well as good governance and that by joining the mechanism, the country offered to share best practices with other members.

Botswana became the 38th member of APRM ealier this year.

He said by voluntarily joining APRM, Botswana was also willing to benefit from the best practices of other members as it would learn from their mistakes.

Prof Gambari would result in a united and prosperous Africa as it promoted transparency and self assessment.

Botswana, he said, was also poised to benefit immensely as APRM member since it was a tool for sharing experiences, reinforcing best practices, identifying deficiencies and assessing capacity-building needs to foster policies.

"Member countries within the APRM undertake self-monitoring in all aspects of their governance and socio-economic development therefore Botswana is propelled to benefit as a member of APRM," he said.

He said the mechanism advocated for standards and practices that led to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional as well as continental economic integration.

Source : BOPA

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