The APRM External Review Mission’s visit is intended to validate these processes, hold consultations with various stakeholders and produce Liberia’s country review report which will subsequently be presented at the APRM special summit by June/July 2017.
Addressing a news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Madam Mabandla said the APRM amongst others is meant to enable activities towards the achievement of social economic growth and development in Africa.
This, she indicated, is a path to show development because the APRM represents the collective aspiration of all Africans.
She stated that the country review mission comprises independent experts from across Africa, including Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi, Mali, South Africa and Uganda.
For his part, Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) Minister Boima Kamara pledged the government’s support towards the successful conduct of the study in Liberia.
“The APRM process will enable us the governors to go to the governed and ask them how well we have performed as a country in terms of governance. The process will also seek from the citizens, the shortcomings of the government and way forward to chart a new course,” Finance Minister Kamara stated.
“There is a commitment of African countries to the respect of the constitution, rule of law, freedom of assembly and everything that evolved around good governance. And Liberia today has joined almost 36 countries that have committed themselves to the voluntary assessment of our own performance as a government in terms of commitment to good governance,” he said.
The foundation of the APRM is built around four thematic pillars: Democracy and Political Governance, Economic Governance and Management, Corporate Governance and Socio-economic Development. The APRM is a commonly approved framework voluntarily consented to by member states. Since its establishment in 2003, 37 countries constituting more than half of African countries with three-quarter of its population have acceded to the APRM framework.