The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has said Uganda is committed to the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process, highlighting that Uganda was one of the pioneer countries to accede to the APRM in March 2003 and also the 7th country among the APRM participating countries to be reviewed under the mechanism in 2008.
mier made the remarks while meeting with the APRM External Country Review team at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala on Wednesday.
The Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) established in 2003 is Africa’s innovative tool for fostering policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated economic integration throughout the Continent. APRM contributes to these goals through the system of participatory self and peer review processes.
Rugunda said after the completion of the base review in June 2015, the Government of Uganda agreed to submit to the second generation review aimed at assessing the extent to which the country has addressed the governance challenges that were highlighted in the 2008 Country Review Report as well as other emerging issues.
He noted that Uganda will be the second country among the APRM participating states to undergo the second review. He added that this will propel the Country to move forward as the APRM policies are based on a united Africa, a principle that Uganda values.
“Uganda is waking up to embrace and understand the vision of being a high middle income status country by 2040. This requires both social and economic transformation of our country, which can only be realized if we link and work with our neighbors all over the continent because Uganda’s journey is Africa’s journey,” the Premier said.
The Prime Minister welcomed the external review team in Uganda and said among other tasks, the team will establish the extent to which the country self- assessment is a reflection of the views of a wide cross section of Ugandans.
He said it will also be assessing the credibility of the country self –assessment report data, filling missing gaps and identifying critical governance issues as well as ensuring ownership of the critical governance issues raised by all stakeholders at the highest level of governance.
He called upon all stakeholders to participate in the country review mission activities and also cooperate with the country review team as it conducts the review.
The Team leader of the Country Review Mission in Uganda, Bishop Dinis Sengulane, commended Uganda for being the 2nd country to undergo the second peer review after Kenya, among the 36 APRM participating countries.
He also thanked the government of Uganda for harmonizing and supporting the implementation of APRM policies in the country noting that it will lead to improvement of governance.
Bishop Sengulane said the second peer review will enable the country to collectively reflect on governance issues, address inefficiencies as well as suggest mechanisms to resolve any issues.
He highlighted some of the key challenges reported in Uganda’s 2nd Country Self -Assessment Report which will be reviewed during the APRM country review mission process and these include, gender inequality and gender based violence, corruption and youth unemployment among others.
The outcomes from the Country Review Mission process will be documented in a Country Review Report for Uganda which will be presented by His Excellency, the President, at the Africa Peer Review Summit in January 2018.
The Africa Peer Review Mechanism operates on the basis of voluntary membership and is only open to member states of the African Union. APRM currently has 36 Member States.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
BY DOREEN NASASIRA