Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has today launched Uganda’s 2nd African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) that is aimed at fostering the adoption of policies, standards and practices in all government sectors.
Uganda was last reviewed in 2008, and is the first African country to be reviewed twice since the establishment of the mechanism in 2003.
And speaking at the launch of the review mechanism at his office in Kampala, Dr. Rugunda said the process is highly consultative in nature and important for continental economic integration.
“Uganda is committed to the APRM process and we are ready to share with the review team in regard to why government has not taken action on some issues in the country despite all economic hardships that the country has faced since 2008,” Dr. Rugunda said adding that after a transparent revision of government sectors, the APRM team will compile a report of findings that will be presented at the African Union Heads of State meeting next year.
The Prime Minister said the APRM review reports have helped many countries deal with issues that are of critical importance to the citizens.
One of the delegates, Professor Meleku Desta, said the team is in Uganda to review democracy and governance issues, with a view of strengthening the monitoring and evaluation of service delivery in government.
“It seems corruption is still rampant in some sectors in the country so we shall be getting findings from you,” Prof. Desta added.’’
The APRM team consists of members from African union (AU), The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), and the Pan African Parliament.
Kenya was the last country to be peer reviewed in 2017.