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Govt spends over K122 million on African Peer Review Programs

General News Govt spends over K122 million on African Peer Review Programs

Government last year spent over K122 million on various programs and interventions aimed at preparing the Zambian national governing council towards the implementation of the African Peer Review Mechanism, APRM.

Justice Minister, George Kunda, said various programs among others, an APRM national brainstorming meeting and a seminar for Members of Parliament was held to equip the various stakeholders with skills prior to the implementation of the APRM.

Mr Kunda said this in parliament today in response to a question raised by Kabwata Patriotic Front Member of Parliament, Given Lubinda, who wanted to know how much government has spent towards the implementation of the APRM since 2006.

He noted that in 2006, government did not allocate any funds for the APRM while this year K10 billion has been earmarked.

Mr Kunda also refuted reports that Zambia has the biggest number of staff in the APRM national governing council in the region.

“Zambia has only a staff size of 48 in the governing council but we have information another country in the region has 90. So it is not true that we have the biggest number,” Mr Kunda said.

He said this in response to a follow up question raised by Mr Lubinda, on whether Zambia had the biggest number of personnel in the APRM governing council.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Go to nepad.org you will find everything you need to know about APRM, I am not sure how it benefits our country, it is a mechanism for governance and respect for human rights something of that sort.

  2. But the ordinary people need to be told what it is all about so that they do not ask unnecessary questions. As at now people are completely bling about APRM what benefit it will bring to the nation and the ordinary citizens. We need to be educated on this as the massses

  3. The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is a mutually agreed instrument voluntarily acceded to by the Member States of the African Union (AU) as an African self-monitoring mechanism. The APRM is a bold, unique and innovative approach designed and implemented by Africans for Africa.The APRM aims to put in motion a strategic re-orientation towards the validation of universal as well as African values and accelerate the process of intra-African cooperation and integration.Without doubt, the APRM therefore will be a key driver of African renaissance and rebirth, and is a centre piece of the NEPAD process for the socio-economic development of Africa.

  4. cont.d

    Its mandate is to ensure that the policies and practices of participating countries conform to the agreed values in the following four focus areas: democracy and political governance; economic governance; corporate governance; and socio-economic development.
    The APR process entails periodic reviews of the policies and practices of participating countries to ascertain progress being made towards achieving the mutually agreed goals and compliance in the four focus areas, namely Democracy and Political Governance, Economic Governance and Management, Corporate Governance, and Socio-Economic Development. National ownership and leadership by the participating country are essential fact

  5. Structures of the APRM

    The Committee of Participating Heads of State and Government (APR Forum) is the highest decision making authority in the APRM;

    Cont.d

    The Panel of Eminent Persons (APR Panel) oversees the review process to ensure integrity, consider reports and make recommendations to the APR Forum;
    The APRM Secretariat (APR Secretariat) provides secretarial, technical, coordinating and administrative support for the APRM; and
    The Country Review Team (APR Team) visits the country to review progress with the Country’s Programme of Action and produces the APRM Report on the country.

  6. An Issue to chew, why spend all this money and not get reviewed?

    “Countries that have acceded to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) are: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. A first group of four countries were selected for review, namely Ghana, Rwanda, Mauritius and Kenya.”

    Is someone being taken for a ride or ripped off?

  7. # 13 You answer yourself! After all the information has been provided by Miyoba, you still want someone to spoon feed you. Read that statement and decipher for yourself where the youths come in.

  8. so when the APRM finds a country lacking in terms of reaching agreed objectives etc, what do they do about that?

  9. 15. NOTHING! THIS IS JUST ANOTHER CLUB FOR THERE SHALL NOT BE ANY TANGIBLE RESULTS TO TALK HOME ABOUT. ZAMBIA, AS ON MANY OTHER TIMES WE JOIN ANYTHING THAT COMES ALONG. NO WONDER WE CANNOT EVEN CHOOSE BETWEEN SADC AND COMESA. SHAME!

  10. Zambia has not initiated any sucessful youth projects to present for guaranteed review.

    Countries getting review have sustainable youth projects on the ground in ICT, Architecture, Business, Art and Design. These are some of the fields cardinal for the renaissance.

    On the other hand zed does little to involve its youths due to greed or its a case of gross incompetence on the part of the appointed.

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