African Peer Review Mechanism - APRM Baseline Survey
Amb. Dr Samori A. Okwiya (left), the CEO at NEPAD/APRM Kenya Secretariat, and Eric Wafukho, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in National Treasury and Planning, after unveiling the report.

The Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) on 28th September launched a baseline survey on the implementation of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (UN-CEPA) principles of effective governance for sustainable development in Africa.

The launch was presided over by the Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury and Planning/APRM Focal Point Kenya, Mr Ukur Yatani. His speech was delivered by Eric Wafukho, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in National Treasury and Planning, who was accompanied by Ambassador Dr Samori A. Okwiya, the CEO at NEPAD/APRM Kenya Secretariat and other senior members of staff from the Kenyan office.

The UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration principles comprises 11 principles of effective governance for sustainable development in Africa. These principles seek to revamp societal, political and economic strategies for effective governance. While addressing the SDG 16 on effective, strong and efficient institutions and peaceful societies, they also address Agenda 2063 aspirations 3 and 4 respectively that promote Good Governance, Democracy, Respect for Human Rights, Justice and the Rule of Africa and a Peaceful and Secure Africa.

In 2019, the APRM and the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs held a workshop in Pretoria, South Africa, and resolved to undertake a baseline survey on the status of implementation of the CEPA principles.

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In his speech, Mr Yatani recounted the milestones Kenya has made since its commitment to first and second review in 2006 and 2017 respectively and emphasized the President’s desire to see the next review expanded to tackle cross cutting challenges such as corruption, gender inequality, youth unemployment and diversity.

The CS welcomed the Baseline Report recommendations that he promised will be considered as the country cascades the APRM principles to the county level.  “The government of Kenya has gone further to cascade the APRM governance principles to the sub-national level, by developing and implementing the County Peer Review Mechanism (CPRM), which will deepen the impact of good governance to the grassroots.”

Also present during the high-level AU-APRM launch was the APRM Continental Secretariat CEO Prof Eddy Maloka, Ms Caroline Makasa, the acting director general of the Kigali-based Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa and Mr Walid Badawi, the UNDP Resident Representative in Kenya.

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) was established in 2003 by the Heads of States and Governments of the African Union to promote good governance and facilitate self-monitoring by participating member states. The APRM process is founded on the principles of effective afro-genic and afro-centric political, economic, social and corporate governance, including democracy; equitable economic development, the rule of law, responsive states, respect for human rights, and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

The four (4) Governance Pillars of the APRM are: Democracy and Political Governance, Economic Governance and Management, Corporate Governance and Socio-Economic Development.

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