By Shout-Africa Correspondent – Tanzania will join other 34 members of the African Union governance assessment body-the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) to reflect on 11 years of governance assessment in the Continent.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the APRM Tanzania Media and Communications Officer, Hassan Abbas said the reflection is part of the celebrations for an annual APRM Day which will be marked on 9thMarch all over Africa.
“The APRM Day was endorsed by APRM Heads of State and Government in their meeting held in January, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“The meeting attended also by President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania resolved to declare 9th March of each year as a point of reflection for the Mechanisms work of assessing and improving good governance in Africa,” he said.
APRM was formally launched on 9th March, 2003 as a program of the New Economic Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) but the two are currently working as separate programmes of the AU.
“As a country we have planned a number of activities to update our Tanzanian stakeholders on the APRM process in Tanzania. We will hold public debates in some colleges, meet the press and later on a major event of launching the Country Review Report will be widely circulated to all stakeholders,” said Mr. Abbas.
Mr. Abbas said since the APRM process in Tanzania contributed much on the promotion of good governance and especially on the on-going constitution review, the occasion will be used to reflect on the constitution review process.
Tanzania joined the APRM in 2004; the National Assembly ratified the programme on its 1st February, 2005 session. The country has started to implement a National Programme of Action.