APRM National Action Plan Launched
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), in collaboration with the National Governing Council (NDC) and the Ministry of Political and Public Affairs (MPPA), on Tuesday 16th April 2013 officially launched the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) National Program of Action at the British Council Auditorium Hall, Tower Hill, and Freetown.
In his opening statement, the Chairman for the ceremony, Hon. Ibrahim Kemoh Sesay (in photo), who is the Minister of Political and Public Affairs, described the launching of the National Program of Action and the Review Report of APRM as timely as it aims at promoting national development in the country.
He said that the two documents are geared towards enhancing the sustainable development of Sierra Leone and the maintenance of her democracy and good governance.
He noted that the launching is another step the country has achieved in her strives towards democracy and good governance, informing that the country has been part of the APRM since 9th March, 2003.
He noted that the Report of the National Plan of Action is highly rich as it contains valuable information. The minister highlighted several challenges and some achievements of the APRM since it establishment, adding that they have been working assiduously at national level and at Local Council level and with MDAs in order to effect the implementation of APRM project.
His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma said that the APRM Country Review Report (CRR) has been one of his flagships, leading priorities towards his Agenda for Properity.
President Koroma said that APRM had achieved significant sticks towards national development items of democracy and good governance. He said that his government is working very hard to ensure that the implementation of the APRM is released and achieve its goals as his government had challenge to develop the APRM into action as an implementation in providing leadership.
He said that his government had developed and been strengthen to capacitate committee levels in a form of self help under the APRM adding that his government had strengthen the Anti Corruption Commission ACC since in 2002, to investigate cases of corruption, reforming the Public Procurement, Policy Haring as part of the development of the APRM in his government.
He also stated that there are some other key achievement that includes since the end of the civil conflict in 2002 as had implemented the challenges of the cases of the Anti Corruption Commission as effort had been down towards the strengthen of democracy such as the National Electoral Commission (NEC), the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), the Human Rights Commission (HRC), the National Commission for Democracy (NCD), and organizations including the Parliamentary and local council election in 2012 as Sierra Leone had achieved a high level of participation from the international governing council body for holding a high esteem in holding a free fair and creditable and election and the freedom of the press for Human rights.
He said that progress had been also made in public financial account in the policy formulation items of transparency and accountability in public office and in the effectiveness of the use of policy making to promote sustainability and to reduce poverty.
He said that he had improved business registration and transforming the country as one of the best items of doing business at national and sustainable growth in Africa such as mining companies to increase human development and prosperity.
He said that the transformation in his government captures developmental sticks like Agriculture, Education, Energy, and Transportation as a strategy in the agenda for prosperity as well as tremendous effort in the implementation process as the Health Care encompasses the pregnant Woman, the Lactating Mother and children under five
The lead panelist of the APRM Ambassador Fatima Dangizer said that the two documents are geared towards improving the development of the country as a way to enhance good governance.
Ambassador Fatima said that the APRM is a fundamental key role to play in governance as the government of Sierra Leone took the bold step the work in line in the review process and that she also promise to continue to provide support to ensure that the APRM achieved their goals in national development.
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