Liberia Initiates APRM External Country Review Mission

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday officially launched the African Peer Review Mechanism’s (APRM) external review mission to Liberia, according to a press release.

Launching the Mission in the Conference room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs President Sirleaf welcomed the external review team and expressed delight at having them in Liberia, saying, “It is important for me to be associated with the APRM for Liberia to be reviewed.”
President Sirleaf thanked the external review team for helping Liberia fulfill her dream. She expressed Liberia’s strong commitment to the review process.

The lead panel member in charge of Liberia, Madam Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla, who is in Liberia at the head of a high power 14 member external review team, expressed happiness that Liberia is on the road to be reviewed and said she is confident that the process will be on time.

The APRM Mission last Monday paid a courtesy call on the National Focal Point of APRM Liberia country program, Finance and Development Planning Minister Boima S. Kamara.

Welcoming the delegation, Minister Kamara thanked the mission for their visit and expressed delight in receiving the team. He described Liberia’s success in having the self-assessment study and the review report as a legacy project of the government.

Madam Mabandla thanked the Minister and the people of Liberia for the warm reception accorded the mission. She expressed delight that Liberia was able to conduct the self-assessment study despite the short timeline of the road map. She prayed that the incoming government will not depart from this legacy project.

The mission is in Liberia as part of a two week external review mission and is expected to shortly visit 10 of the 15 counties of Liberia to validate the report from the self-assessment study.

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) was established in 2003 as an African Union initiative for promoting good governance within the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). The objectives of the APRM are primarily to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration through experience sharing and reinforcement of successful and best practices, including identifying deficiencies and assessment of requirements for capacity building.

Liberia acceded to the 14th Forum of Heads of State and Governments of the APRM in January 2011 and has made meaningful contributions in terms of representation and participation. In May 2013, President Sirleaf was appointed Chairperson of the APRM Forum at the 19th Summit of Heads of State and Governments participating in the APRM in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

MFDP Minister Boima S. Kamara is Liberia’s National Focal Person to the APRM. Liberia has a National Secretariat and has a nine member National Governing Council with representation from various sectors of the Liberian society.

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