Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for the need for African solutions to the continent’s challenges, saying the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is an important vehicle in achieving that goal.
Kenyatta who is the chairman of APRM — a process aimed at enhancing democratic progress in Africa — said external interference will not succeed in addressing the continent’s problems.
“We acknowledge that Africa has challenges but we, as Africans, are best placed to deal with those challenges. I believe APRM is an instrument that can help us achieve that goal,” he said in a statement received Tuesday after talks with APRM Focal Points Committee in Nairobi.
“We need to have our own instrument, devoid of external influence, that can address African challenges,” Kenyatta added.
The APRM is a framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) with the aim of fostering the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth and sustainable development in the continent.
It also seeks to enhance good working relationship between the government, the private sector and the media to promote constructive and inclusive engagement.
The APRM Focal Points Committee members, led by its Chairperson Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru, are planning an Extra- Ordinary Heads of State Summit to be held in Nairobi in September.
Kenyatta called for the strengthening of the APRM to make it an early warning instrument that will detect and stop crises before they erupt.
Kenya is tasked with the responsibility of fast-tracking the integration of the APRM into the African Union system and processes. The president said APRM must be mainstreamed in the AU instead of being a side issue
Briefing President Kenyatta on her team’s progress in the planning for the September summit, Waiguru disclosed that the meeting will focus on the revitalization of APRM. Enditem