A two-day African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) sensitization and capacity-building workshop for the eastern region, organized by the Ministry of Presidential and Public Affairs, has taken place at the Forest Industry canteen in Kenema.
Giving an overview of NEPAD and APRM the consultant Dr George Taylor Lewis said, “NEPAD means the New Partnership for African Development which aim to promote Africa’s development and was designed by African heads of state”.
He disclosed that APRM targeted areas were democracy and political government, socio-economic development, management and economic governance.
Dr George Taylor Lewis noted that, “Africa is behind in many areas, that is why they [the African heads of states] came up with a programme to push Africa forward”.
Talking from the Civil Society’s perspective on the APRM process, Charles Mambu said his “organization is working closely with the Ministry of Presidential and Public Affairs to ensure that they succeed,” pointing out that if APRM succeeded the over-dependent of foreign donors would be reduced in Africa.
In his opening remarks the Resident Minister East, Sahr Randoff Fillie Faboe, said Sierra Leone had made tremendous progress in good governance which “is related to the four core areas of NEPAD.”
He also stated that the decentralization of political authority and the devolution of governance structure were a positive development in the quest for accountability and participatory democracy.
The National Privatization commissioner, A.R. Turay, also made meaningful contribution at the workshop that was chaired by the deputy Provincial Secretary Jayah Samuka.