Sub-Committee Meeting on the Revitalization of the APRM Process at Crown Plaza.
The 25th Summit of the Heads of State and Government Participating in the African Peer Review Mechanism [APR Forum] was held on 26 August 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, Chairperson of the APR Forum, presided over the Summit.
In his remarks H.E Kenyatta said the presence of his peers at the Forum is proof of their commitment to the cause of improving Africa’s governance, and to the hunger that Africans feel for a leadership that truly represents their interests and their hopes.
"This generation of leaders must rise to that challenge of leadership in the continent. We must show ourselves worthy of the responsibilities that our people have chosen us to undertake” he urged his peers.
President Uhuru further paid tribute to APRM CEO, Professor Eddy Maloka for the substantial progress he has achieved in revitalizing the mechanism.
The Special Summit discussed the current challenges facing the APRM and strategies for revitalizing the Mechanism which will a have a major impact in the governance sector in Africa. APRM being an African homegrown governance tool is critical for the success of Africa’s progress through political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and acceleration of sub-regional and continental integration though sharing of experience, reinforcement of successful best practices and identifying deficiencies in capacity.
In his address at the summit, President Kenyatta called upon all the Member states to recommit to the APRM core values and standards that motivated them to accede to the Mechanism. He restated that Africans must take financial ownership of APRM and not just rely on foreign donors.
The pledges came after President Uhuru Kenyatta challenged African governments and the private sector to invest massively in agriculture if Africa is to make meaningful progress.
President Kenyatta said Africa is capable of investing more than $400 billion in agriculture through government and private sector funding over the next five years.
The strategy, which will be implemented by the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, will rally all sections of government, communities, civil society, the private sector and international partners in the war against terror.
President Kenyatta said the launch of the strategy comes on the back of increased investments by the Government in technology, skills and innovative approaches to countering terrorism.
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