By Hassan Abbas – The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) has confirmed that all is set for Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete to defend Tanzania’s governance records at the APRM Forum of Heads of States and Government in Addis, Ababa, Ethiopia in January, 2012.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday during the opening of a two days workshop for Tanzanian officials on harmonization of APRM program of action with existing national plans, the Coordinator of the review of Tanzania from APRM Continental Secretariat based in South Africa, Dr. Rachel Mukamunana said the planned review of Tanzania is on track.
In July, 2012 in the margins of the APRM Forum, a congregation of African Union (AU) Heads of States and Governments participating in the APRM process, the APRM Continental Secretariat had hinted on the possibility that the Tanzanian President would face his peers.
“We are finalizing the Country Review Report and I can assure you that the scheduled peer review of Tanzania in January, 2012 is on track,” said Dr. Rachel.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. John Haule whose Ministry coordinates the APRM process in Tanzania said on behalf of the government he was pleased on the confirmation and that Tanzania will now set the necessary preparations.
About 34 African countries out of 54 are now participating in the APRM-the AU governance assessment program that seeks to foster accelerated development, promotion of human rights and good governance among member states.
The scheduled peer review of Tanzania in January will be followed by a five years period of implementation and of resolving the governance issues as identified by Tanzanian stakeholders and the review team that visited the country in March, 2012.