Kenyatta calls for summit on flagging APRM

Johannesburg - Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta has proposed an extraordinary summit before the end of the year to try revive Africa’s flagging self-assessment processes.

Speaking at a summit of heads of state on the African Peer Review Mechanism on the sidelines of the African Union summit in Sandton, Kenyatta said the APRM was a way for Africa to show the rest of the world its commitments to finding its own solutions.

“It is the collective responsibility for us as African leaders to try to improve and add to the credibility of the APRM,” he said. He added peer reviews needed to be scaled up and the implementation of national plans of action needed to be monitored.

Kenyatta again expressed his government’s commitment to promote the principles of the APRM and said his country was ready for its second country review.

Kenya’s first country review warned of post-elections violence in 2007.

Thirty-five out of Africa's 54 African countries have signed up for the voluntary mechanism so far.

The APRM has had to cancel a review visit to newly signed up Djibouti recently due to a lack of funds, but it resolved this week to find the funds and go there.

The APRM was the brainchild of former president Thabo Mbeki and former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo and was set up in 2003. Even though more states have been signing up, the APRM has had financial problems because many states are not paying their promised contributions.

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