By ZBC Reporter
ZIMBABWE has voluntarily joined the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) on the sidelines of the 33rd African Union Summit currently taking place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
In a speech on the occasion of Zimbabwe’s accession to APRM, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the watershed moment demonstrates his administration’s commitment to entrench open, transparent, democracy and good governance.
The President said Zimbabwe’s decision to join the APRM was informed by the democratic trajectory which forms the bedrock of the second republic.
“Since my assumption of office in November 2017 to date we have already undertaken deliberate and extensive cross cutting political, economic, legislative and media reforms.
“In acceding to the APRM my government is reinforcing its commitment to constructive reviews which help entrench a democratic culture that benefits primarily the people of Zimbabwe,” said President Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe subscribes to the practical application of the dictum “African solutions to African problems” which is also a hallmark of the APRM.
“We thus stand ready to participate in programmes which ensure that all hotspots are prioritised for peace making and peace keeping efforts undertaken by the African Union, towards durable peace and silencing the guns on our continent,” he said
In Zimbabwe’s quest to enhance national cohesion, unity and political tolerance, President Mnangagwa alluded to the fact that Zimbabwe has established the Political Actors Dialogue Platform (POLAD) which brings together the various political actors in the country.
“Zimbabwe is therefore ready and committed to undertake remedial steps to address identified gaps to enhance internal and regional stability, economic growth and sustainable development,” he said.
The President noted that the importance of the consultative participation of national stakeholders including civil society, the private sector, organised labour, religious communities, women and youth organisations, media and others cannot be over emphasised.
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) was established in 2003 as a self-monitoring initiative to promote good governance in Africa and has contributed to the attainment of the goals of NEPAD and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is a mutually agreed instrument voluntary acceded to by African Union (AU) member States with the aim of fostering the adoption of policies, standards and practices leading to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated regional and economic integration.
The objective is achieved by sharing experiences and reinforcing good practices, including identifying deficiencies and assessing the capacity building needs of participating countries. The APRM promotes peer learning and sharing through constructive dialogue and persuasion.
The APRM assessment is conducted within the framework of agreed values, codes and standards enshrined in the AU declaration on democracy, political, economic and corporate governance.
By ZBC Reporter