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Brief Report issued at the end of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Country Review Mission to Ghana

Accra, Ghana

African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Country Review Mission

4-16 April 2005

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Introduction

  1. The first African Peer Review Mechanism [APRM] Country Review Mission [CRM] was fielded to the Republic of Ghana between the 4th to the 16th of April 2005. Ghana was among the first countries to accede to the APRM which is an African self monitoring mechanism intended to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices leading to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated regional and economic integration through sharing of experiences and reinforcement of successful best practices including deficiencies and assessing the needs for capacity building of participating institutions. The APRM covers four focus areas: Democracy and Political Governance [DPG]; Economic Governance and Management [EGM]; Corporate Governance [CG] and Socio-Economic Development [SED].


  2. Ghana has put in place a seven-member National APRM Governing Council [NAPRM-GC], chaired by Prof. Adjepong, to manage the national APR process. A National APRM Secretariat headed by Dr. Francis Appiah, Executive Secretary, supports the NAPRM-GC. The national self-assessment exercise was undertaken by four independent national technical research institutes [TRIS], namely the Centre for Democracy and Development [CDD] –Democracy and Good Political Governance; Centre for Economic Policy Analysis [CEPA] - Economic Governance and Management; Private Enterprise Foundation [PEF] – Corporate Governance; and Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research [ISSER] -Socio-Economic Development.


  3. Ghana submitted its Self-assessment Report and a draft national Programme of Action to address capacity constraints to the APRM Secretariat during the first week of March 2005. The APRM Secretariat in conjunction with partner institutions had also compiled background information on Ghana in the four assessment areas. The three documents: the Country Self-assessment Report, the Draft national Programme of Action and the Background Paper have been used to develop an Issues Paper. The main purpose of the CRM is to further explore the salient issues identified in the Issues Paper and to discuss the draft Programme of Action.


  4. Dr. Chris Stals, Member of the African Peer Review Mechanism [APRM] Panel of Eminent Persons [APR Panel] led the CRM, which comprised members of the APR Secretariat, Strategic Partner Institutions as well as consultants on the theme areas as follows:

    APR Secretariat

    1. Dr. Bernard Kouassi, Executive Director;
    2. Ms. Evelynne Change, Coordinator: Corporate Governance;
    3. Mr. Dalmar Jama, Research Analyst: Corporate Governance;


    NEPAD Secretariat

    1. Mr. Sudir Chuckun, Coordinator: Multilateral Relations and Policy;


    Partner Institutions

    1. Mr. Seward M Cooper, Chief Counsel and Head of Good Governance Unit, African Development Bank [ADB];
    2. Mr. Claudius Olowu, Principal Governance Expert, Public Administration, ADB;
    3. Ms. Zemenay Lakew, Senior Programme Coordinator, AU-NEPAD Support Unit, United Nations Development Programme [UNDP] Regional Bureau for Africa;
    4. Dr. Okey Onyejekwe Senior Regional Advisor, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa [UNECA];


    Independent Technical Consultants for the APR Secretariat

    1. Prof. Michelo K Hansungule, Professor of Human Rights Law, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa;
    2. Dr. Afeikhena Jerome, Consultant and Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
    3. Prof. L Adele Jinadu, Executive Director, Centre for Advanced Social Science, Port Harcourt, Nigeria;
    4. Dr. Omotunde Johnson, Consultant on Economic Issues, former International Monetary Fund Resident Representative in Ghana;
    5. Mr. Alfred Mubanda, former UNDP Resident Representative in Ghana;
    6. Prof. Ahmed Mohiddin, Director, 21st Century Africa Foundation;
    7. Ms. Gertrude Takawira, former Country Director, South and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiating Institute [SEATINI] and Managing Consultant, Governance and Development Services, Zimbabwe.




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