Mr. Alassane Diamouténé, Chief of Staff of the Office of the Minister of Integration of Ivory Coast, made the call recently at the start of a two-day West Africa Regional Workshop on the Africa Peer Review Mechanism in the Ivorian Capital, Abidjan.
Mr. Diamouténé, opening the workshop, observed that “thirteen out of fifteen countries in our ECOWAS zone have known at least a crisis period and/or civil war due to issues around governance.”
He said putting an end to this would therefore require recourse to good governance and taking into account the real aspirations of the people, according to a release from the Liberia-APRM office in Monrovia.
Diamouténé added that it is this context that has contributed to the engagement of countries of the sub-region with initiatives such as the APRM that review political governance.
Member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that are not yet party to APRM initiative include Cape Verde, the Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau.
Also speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr Mustapha Mekideche, President of the APRM Panel of Eminent Persons, indicated that there are on-going efforts at re-invigorating the Mechanism, based on four guiding principles.
He enlisted the advocacy support role of ECOWAS for its member States to include their APRM national action plans in wider national and regional development plans.
Speaking on behalf of the Chairperson of the ECOWAS Commission, Koffi Siméon, said the Commission intends to fully play its role to support the efforts of member States towards a homogenous and universal appropriation of APRM across West Africa.
Over 50 persons attended the two-day workshop, where they examined several APRM issues, notably getting abreast with the second-generation review methodology, ensuring sponsorship of the four ECOWAS countries that are not yet members of the Mechanism and sharing of good practices.
Liberia was represented by Dax Patterson Sua, Executive Director of the APRM-Liberia Country Program and Amos Z. Koukou, Liaison to APRM-Liberia Country Program Office.
A specialised agency of the African Union (AU), the APRM was initiated in 2002 and established in 2003 by the AU in the framework of the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).
APRM is a tool for sharing experiences, reinforcing best practices, identifying deficiencies, and assessing capacity-building needs to foster policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration.
Member countries use the APRM to self-monitor all aspects of their governance and socio-economic development.
African Union (AU) stakeholders participate in the self-assessment of all branches of government – executive, legislative and judicial – as well as the private sector, civil society and the media.