President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday swore into office members of the Governing Council of the National African Peer Review Mechanism, charging them to oversee Ghana’s second review under the Peer Review Mechanism.
Describing members of the Governing Council as “eminently qualified to serve on the Council”, President Akufo-Addo was confident that the seven-member committee can discharge the mandate of their new appointment satisfactorily.
The members are Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, Mr Richard Quayson, Mr Samuel Akuamoah Asare, Mr Laud Mansfield Baddoo, Mrs Gifty Afenyi-Dadzie, Mr Kathleen Quartey Ayensu and Mr David Asante-Apeatu.
The President noted that Ghana’s role in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) had been pivotal since its inception.
“Following Ghana’s accession to the APRM, a National African Peer Review Mechanism Council was established and inaugurated in 2004 to provide the needed oversight for the implementation of the APRM process in the country,” he stated
He added: “We fulfilled our primary mandate through the conduct of the first-ever country self-assessment. Under the leadership of the 2nd President of Ghana’s 4th Republic, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, Ghana became the first country to offer to be peer-reviewed in 2006 at the AU Summit in Khartoum, and continues to contribute to the APRM process on the continent”.
Reaffirming Ghana’s commitment to the APRM and her determination to submit herself to a second review, he said “the realisation of this will mean that Ghana is able to join others on the continent who have undertaken their second reviews.”
President Akufo-Addo assured the Governing Council of government’s determination to ensure the second review is done to maintain and strengthen its status as a “trailblazer of good governance” in West Africa.
Notwithstanding the challenges of insufficient budgetary allocation and office accommodation, the President applauded the Council for the work done so far, and promised to address the deficiencies.
“I have been informed of the process currently ongoing for the enactment of an enabling Act of Parliament for the Council, which I hope would be expedited. Ghana, despite her enviable position within the APRM, has never been represented on the African Peer Review Panel (APRP). This is a charge I am putting before you, distinguished Members of the Council. Demonstrate to the continent, once again, Ghana’s worth and capability by getting her onto the APRP,” he added.
The African Peer Review Mechanism was adopted by Member States of the African Union (AU), within the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), as a self-monitoring tool.
The APRM is a vehicle for sharing experiences, reinforcing best practices, identifying deficiencies and assessing capacity-building needs to foster polices, standards, and practices. This leads to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated regional and continental integration.