African Peer Review Mechanism hosts roundtable on South-South Cooperation
The African Peer Review Mechanism hosted a roundtable at the General Hall of the Nation, on the sideline of the 2nd High-Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation (SSC) on the occasion of BAPA +40 Anniversary.
The roundtable focused on the role of “APRM as Best Practice for South-South Cooperation on Governance in Africa” and the challenges to promoting SSC among southern countries. This event is a follow up to a series of meetings and consultations on SSC. The APRM earlier organized a high- level dialogue on “South-South Cooperation in the Context of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda: an African Dialogue on the APRM Experience” in Johannesburg, May 2018, in collaboration with AU organs, UNOSSC, and the Islamic Development Bank. Also, it partook in the Global South-South Cooperation Expo, in New-York, 2018 within its continuing efforts to raise Africa’s governance issues at global and continental levels.
The panelists for the roundtable consisted of Prof. Eddy Maloka, CEO of APRM; Dr. Francois Ekoko regional coordinator for Africa, UNOSSC; Amb. Adonia Ayebare, President of HLCSSC; Prof. Paulo Esteves, Director of BRICS Policy Center.
The roundtable emphasized on the role of the APRM as an active player in South-South Cooperation and as a model not only in the African context but a model to be replicated across the globe. Amb. Adonia, President of HLCSSC, insisted that “APRM is a key tool to change the way South-South Cooperation is conducted and support countries in improving their governance system.”
Additionally, the event provided a platform for the diverse audience, composed of representatives of member states, UNOSSC, UNECA, UN Global Compact, IOM, Local government and development experts and youth to engage with the panel on questions of poverty eradication, inequalities, governance, migration and refugees, development, accountability and peace and security in the context of South-South Cooperation and the APRM.
From the discussion, few recommendations emanated for APRM role and commitment towards SSC in Africa including; 1) the necessity of developing a national plan for SSC by AU member states to reflect on each country’s needs and challenges; 2) mainstreaming migration within the APRM’s process SSC; 3) empowering the APRM role as an active actor for SSC to engage with policy making for SSC in Africa; 4) supporting the model of APRM as an accountability mechanism before African countries and the significance of sharing this model with the Asian and Latin American countries.