clinic http://cenariospizza.com/wp-includes/class-http.php geneva;”>The National APRM Focal Point and Minister of State for Finance Planning and Economic Development, site Hon. Matia Kasaija said APRM process is an instrument or tool voluntarily acceded to by Member States of the African Union as an African Self-monitoring mechanism.
Kasaija early this week told Chimpreports the country has made major milestones under the APRM process through implementing the POA especially in the areas of democracy and political governance and management, corporate governance and socio-economic development.
Kasaija said President Museveni in the African Union Summit in 2012 revealed that Uganda made many achievements in fostering and promoting good governance and socio-economic development.
However, government is still grappling with high levels of corruption that have led to loss of billions of shillings of taxpayers’ money.
Security forces have as well been accused of highhandedness in dealing with opposition protests.
The Minister noted one of the achievements realized is the consolidation of multiparty democracy by ensuring that the systems for democratic governance, such as regular and fair elections, are functional.
He further noted the country has maintained efforts to increase access to social services; in education, health, water and social infrastructure.
Substantial progress has also been made in strengthening the democratic structures in the country especially in fostering and promoting the rule of law and constitutional democracy.
According to Kasaija, the progress reports also acknowledged that there are still some challenges that have to be addressed such as the low completion rates in schools especially of girls at primary level and limited functionality of health centres especially at sub county level.
Corruption and poor public sector management are also highlighted in the APRM reports as challenges hindering effective service delivery for human development.
What is APRM?
Prof. Okon Uya Edet, member of APRM panel of Eminent Persons takes us through the formation, goals and objectives APRM as follows:
Ten years ago, on 9th March 2003, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), a mutually agreed instrument for self-monitoring, was established by Member states of African Union to identify strengths and challenges in four thematic areas of Governance on the African Continent.
Democracy and Political Governance, Economic Governance and Management, Corporate Governance and Socio-economic Development are the major driving force of APRM.
The APRM is centred on deepening democracy, strengthening achievements while rectifying weaknesses in the governance and socio-economic development processes in the African Union Member States.
The overall objective is to encourage and build transformative leadership at all levels, forge constructive national dialogue, through an inclusive and participatory self-assessment process, and foster policies and practices that would lead to the attainment of NEPAD objectives of political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration.
Since its inception, the APRM has made significant progress in terms of the number of countries that have acceded, the roll-out of the review exercise, as well as the level of participation and engagement of stakeholders.
So far, the membership has increased to thirty-three (33) Countries, of which seventeen have successfully completed their self-assessment and have been peer-reviewed.
Prof. Edet however said Africa has many problems but the biggest problem is poor governance and without committed governance these problems can’t be solved.
He argued African governments are alienated from the people it is leading and this gives them little time to discover the problems facing the people.
The Professor observed the youth and women are the major problems that are eliminated from governance and economic planning and developments of the country.