AU Summit: APRM leaders to name sixth eminent person

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Heads of State and Government of member countries of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) will appoint a sixth member of the Panel of Eminent Persons of this specialised organ of the African Union at the 14th summit of their forum 29 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it was officially announced Friday.

The primary responsibility of the APR Forum is to oversee the APRM organisation and processes, for mutual learning and capacity building, and for exercising the constructive peer dialogue and persuasion required to make the APRM  effective, credible and acceptable.

In exercising this mandate, the Heads of State and Government rely on the Panel of Eminent Persons of the APRM, which works closely with the APR Secretariat, to ensure the independence and credibility of country review reports in the areas of democracy and political governance, governance and economic management, corporate governance and socio-economic development.

According to the key documents of the APRM, between five and seven members may serve on the Panel as per the prescribed selection criteria.

Eminent Persons of the APR Panel should in particular be Africans who have distinguished themselves in careers that are relevant to the work of the APRM and cover its four thematic areas, said the secretariat of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

"Members of the Panel must be persons of high moral stature and demonstrated commitment to the ideals of Pan-Africanism," it added.

Currently, members of the APR Panel are:  Prof. Mohamed-Séghir Babès, Chairperson (Algeria, North Africa representative), Ms. Domitilla Mukantaganzwa, Vice-Chairperson (Rwanda, representing East Africa), Barrister Akere Muna (Cameroon, representing the
Central Africa Region), Barrister Julienne Ondziel Gnelenga (Congo, Representing the Central Africa Region) and Prof. Amos C. Sawyer (Liberia, Representing West Africa)
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