|National African Peer Review Mechanism Holds Workshop|
|Friday, 15 June 2012 07:14|
The National African Peer Review Mechanism (NAPRM) is an innovative and bold attempt by Africans to improve on governance and the well-being of all citizens, Prof. S. K. Adjepong, a member of NAPRM, has noted.
Speaking at a National Validation Workshop on the 6th Annual APRM Progress Report in Accra, yesterday, Prof. Adjepong said NAPRM placed citizens at the centre of the development discourse and educated them about it and the roles they were required to play to ensure the attainment of the objectives of the NAPRM as well as efforts to promote NAPRM within the West Africa sub-region.
He explained that the NAPRM was meant to improve governance in member states and on the continent as a whole and also offered opportunity to citizens to promote the development and adoption of policies and standards that led to the attainment of political stability, accelerated economic growth, sustainable development and improved participation in the sub-region and in continental economic activity.
This goal, he said, could only be achieved through experience-sharing and the strengthening of commendable practices.
He noted that Ghana was among the first six countries to officially declare its intention to agree to the NAPRM at the fifth Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee in Abuja, Nigeria, on November 3, 2002.
On achievements of the NAPRM, Prof. S. K.B. Asante, also a member of NAPRM, said a few years ago, the organization found it necessary to bridge the gap between the Northern and Southern zones— hence the formation of Savannah Accelerated Development Authority which, he said, had been of major help to the beneficiaries.
Other achievements, he said, included the formation of Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs and the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture which tackled issues among women and children and issues of chieftaincy conflicts, respectively.
Source: ISD (Cynthia Quarshie)