Kenya, Rwanda peer reviewed in Banjul

Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- The 5th summit of the African Peer Review (APR) forum ended in Banjul, the Gambia, Friday with a successful review of Kenya and Rwanda.
The meeting, held ahead of the 7th African Union (AU) Summit in the Gambian capital, was presided over by chairman of the APR forum, Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo.
A source at the meeting, held behind closed doors, told PANA on condition of anonymity that the review of the two countries was conducted with "boldness and openness.
" On Kenya, the source said there was a pledge by other African countries to assist the country in its constitutional reform and consensus building, an area in which the country was found to be weak.
Apart from the constitutional reform, the other key issues for review were: Managing diversity in nation building, political parties and national agenda, corruption, land ownership and reform and transformative leadership.
The source said Rwanda was hailed for its zero-tolerance for corruption and its management of diversity, especially after the 1994 genocide.
Based on the review, the meeting agreed to hold a conference on managing diversity in Africa in Abuja later this year, with Rwanda pencilled down as a key resource nation.
Ghana was the first country to be peer reviewed under the programme, Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) set up by African leaders to help improve governance on the continent.
The Mechanism seeks to assist the countries concerned in improving on identified weaknesses and would enable other participating countries to learn from the best practices of the nations under review.
So far, 25 countries have formally acceded to the process.
Countries on the line for review are South Africa, Algeria, Nigeria and Mauritius.

30 june 2006 22:28:00

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