Egypt and APRM host first Governance and Development Forum
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the Arab Republic of Egypt, through the Egyptian Ministry of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, hosted the Inaugural Forum on Governance and Development on the 6th April 2019 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. The objective of the initiative is to provide a collaborative platform to discuss how African States can strengthen efforts towards good governance and increase the rankings of African governance indicators. The Meeting was attended by over 100 participants, representing all 5 Regions of Africa (East, Central, North, South and West).
In the Opening Session, Dr Ahmed Kamaly, Deputy Minister to the Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administration welcomed the delegation and noted the theme of the meeting, which was: ‘Towards the Advancement of African Union Shared Values’.Professor Eddy Maloka, the CEO of the APRM Continental Secretariat, stated that insights from the 3rd Annual APRM Methodology Forum held on the 4th and 5th April 2019, are instrumental to the improvement of APRM tools and best practices, and will ensure the implementation and advancement of African Union Shared values. Subsequently, the Forum discussed several themes, including:
- Integrating Governance in Public Administration Reforms
The session under this theme focused on the institutionalization of Reforms, increasing the effectiveness of public service, as well as capacity development for those in the public sector.
- The Role of Strategies in Enhancing Good Governance Practices
The session under this theme focused on the nexus between governance and development; anti-corruption strategies, the implementation of good governance practices on the continent, national sustainable development strategies in Africa as well as indicators to monitor the African Union Agenda 2063.
- Empowering NGOs and the Private Sector in Governance
The session under this theme focused on economic governance, particularly with regards to the private and public sector, public-private partnerships and social accountability. Referring to aspects of social accountability, Ambassador. Mona Attia, member of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons, stated that gender is not an issue of men and women, but rather, of the ability of and right of citizens to participate in the building of their nations.
Ambassador Ashraf Rashed, Chairperson of the National Governing Council, noted that the mandate of the APRM to monitor the African Union Agenda 2063 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030; as well the adoption of the Africa Governance Report by the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in February 2019, is proof of the APRM’s critical role in African Governance. He commended the APRM Community for their work.
In her closing speech, Dr Sherifa Sherif, Executive Director of the Egypt National Planning Institute presented on the Africa Civil Service Network which trains and capacitates civil servants and urged delegates to participate. She thanked the Government of Egypt, organizers and delegates for a successful Forum.
Following the Governance and Development Forum, the APRM held a closing ceremony to commemorate the sixteenth (16th) Anniversary of the creation of the APRM in 2003.