10th Peer Evaluation Mechanism summit begins in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 10th summit of the Peer Evaluation Mechanism (MAEP) began Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with several African heads of st a te in attendance, according to a PANA report, The summit is expected to focus on the Panel of Eminent Personalities and financ es for the structure.
According to the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, who was speaking at the opening session in his capacity as chairman of the Committee of heads of state a nd government of countries participating in the MAEP, "the ultimate goal of this mechanism is to help countries improve decisional processes, adopt the best prac t ices that proved efficient in other countries, and comply with international nor m s and standards while involving all the stakeholders of the country.
" He found very encouraging the fact that subscriptions to the MAEP had multiplied , going from 10 pioneer countries in 2003 to 29 in 2008.
He said, "more than 75% of the population of the continent have willingly accede d to this innovating initiative of auto-evaluation of the governance that is con t inuously acclaimed by the entire world.
" Likewise, noted the Ethiopian Prime Minister, the rhythm of progression of the e valuations improved in 2008, when four countries were evaluated as against five f rom 2003 to 2007, which makes the number of evaluated countries nine -- Ghana, R w anda, Kenya, South Africa, Algeria, Benin, Uganda, Nigeria and Burkina Faso.
Zenawi said there was no doubt that the MAEP would justify efforts made in favou r of good governance and socio-economic development of Africa.
However, he believes that many challenges remain unresolved, including that of f inancing MAEP, and urged member countries to fulfil their financial obligations t o the structure.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister called on member countries to support MAEP, which, he said, needed to be transparent and participative, and engage all the stakehol d ers of the country in the implementation of the National Programme of Action, which mus t be done with professionalism, and without any political manipulation.
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The president of the Panel of Eminent Personalities, Professor Adebayo Adedeji o f Nigeria, is worried that some countries which acceded to the mechanism, had no t yet beghn its implementation.
He asked the States to put themselves at the service of this "tool for good gove rnance that should usher political stability, high economic growth, sustainable d evelopment, and an accelerated regional and continental economic integration.
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31 january 2009 19:21:00




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