DAR-ES-SALAAM-- Former presidents Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia have stressed that the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is an essential tool for ensuring good governance, strong national level governance and inclusiveness.
Speaking after a meeting held here Thursday to deliberate on the theme "Africa in the Global Peace and Security Architecture", they added that they would like to encourage the current leaders to promote that unique Africa-initiated instrument which undertakes periodic peer reviews of African countries to strengthen and improve political, social and economic governance.
The African Peer Review Mechanism is a mutually agreed instrument voluntarily acceded to by the member states of the African Union (AU), a self-monitoring mechanism. It was founded in 2003.
The mandate of the APRM is to encourage conformity in regard to political, economic and corporate governance values, codes and standards among African countries and the objectives in socio-economic development within the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) of the AU.
The former leaders also called on the current leaders to strengthen the continent's institutions tasked with peace and security matters. They furthermore called for the strengthening of in-country frameworks for stakeholder engagement and consultation and ensuring inclusive national discourse.
The Thursday meeting was a follow-up to the African Leadership Forum 2017 in South Africa last August held under the theme Peace and Security for an Integrated, United and Sustainable Africa. The 2017 meeting was attended by five other former African Heads of State - Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Bakili Muluzi (Malawi), Mohamed Marzouki (Tunisia), Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania) and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia.
The Thursday meeting was convened by former President Mkapa and focused on specific cases of conflict situations of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Somalia as cases to provide practical lessons and the context for their recommendations.
However, there was no time to discuss new developments in Burundi which on the same day held a referendum to decide whether or not to extend President Pierre Nkurunziza's stay in power up to 2034.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK