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NEPAD: Peer review begins in Kenya

23 February 2005 - NewsfromAfrica

The government today officially launched the African Peer Review Mechanism [APRM] following the country’s accession to the same in March 2003. Kenya was among the first four countries to accede to the APRM – a component of New Partnership for Africa’s Development [NEPAD] - in which member states voluntarily allow each other to assess them in terms of political, socio-economic and corporate governance. Other countries which have acceded to APRM, are Ghana, Mauritius and Rwanda.

The ceremony, in which the exercise and the website were launched simultaneously was presided over by the Minister for Planning and National Development Prof Anyang Nyongo, on behalf of Vice-President Moody Awori. Others in attendance were Nobel laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai, the chairperson of the APRM National Governing Council Ms Grace Akumu, Vice chair of the APRM panel of prominent persons Ambassador Bethwel Kiplagat and UNDP resident co-ordinator Paul Andre de la Porte.

The peer review commences at a time when president Kibaki’s government has been accused of condoning official corruption and scuttling the enactment of a new constitution.

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