Egypt's Sisi says African Peer-Review Mechanism independent of interference
Ahram Online, MENA, , Saturday 8 Feb 2020

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed that the African Peer-Review Mechanism (APRM) is independent of interference from any world country.

El-Sisi's remarks came during his speech on Saturday at the APRM Forum of Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa where the 33rd African Union (AU) Summit is currently being held.

The president reiterated that such independence proves the sincere determination of all leaders and peoples of the continent to carry out reforms and enhance values of democracy, rule of law and respect of citizens and their rights.

The APRM, which integrated into the AU in 2014, focuses on good governance in Africa and aims to encourage the adoption of policies, standards and best practices that lead to good governance.

El-Sisi also affirmed that the mechanism deals seriously with all challenges that face African countries to create a better future with the support of fellow partners aspiring to cooperate with Africa on the bases of mutual respect and interests, as well as understanding of the nature of the African countries’ progress and prosperity.

In July 2002, the process towards founding the APRM started with the Declaration on the Implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, adopted by the inaugural session of the assembly of the African Union in Durban, South Africa.

The declaration "establishes the APRM as a country-self assessment and peer review mechanism, conceived and led by Africans to undertake governance assessments.”

Those assessments involve areas of democracy and political governance, economic governance, corporate governance and sustainable socio-economic development.

During his speech, El-Sisi greeted all participants in the forum, noting that the forum is part of African joint work under the African Union’s principles related to political, economic and social governance.

He explained that the forum aims to develop required tools to assess and support programs of the African countries on this score.

The president reiterated that such efforts would contribute to realizing aspirations of African countries to build better future, in which African peoples could enjoy peace, sustainable development, prosperity and stability.

El-Sisi lauded wise leadership of Chad President Idriss Déby and well-organization of the APRM forum to exchange and share experience and best practices among African countries to enhance security and peace and achieve development based on good governance in different fields.

The president also thanked Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta over his efforts to revive the African mechanism.

Moreover, he pointed out that the mechanism has been established to reflect the deeply-rooted principle of “African solutions for African problems”, so the mechanism is independent without any interference.

He said the commitment of the member states of the mechanism to fulfil review processes reflects these countries’ to deepen comprehensive reforms in Africa and implement recommended goals of development.

Such efforts would undoubtedly encourage non-member states to join the mechanism to make use of this successful African experiment on both national and continental levels, El-Sisi said.

The president invited all African Union member states to join the APRM so as to open new horizons for benefiting from such experience to carry out the goals of the 2063 Africa Development Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

He also reaffirmed Egypt’s backing for the mechanism, voicing confidence in the member states’ keenness to enable the mechanism to fulfil comprehensive progress and development.