African Parliamentarians Engage in Peer Learning

UNECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The United Nations Commission for Africa UNECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,  May 12, 2010 (Addis Ababa) – African Parliamentarians begin a three day peer-learning workshop to improve their knowledge and skills in the self-monitoring mechanism, the Economic Commission of Africa (ECA) said.
The mechanism established by the African Union to assess performance in political, economic, corporate and socio-economic governance in African countries that accede to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

The workshop’s theme is “Enhancing the Role and Effective Participation of Parliamentarians in the (APRM) Process”, it said.

It is targeted at members of parliament from 16 French and Portuguese- speaking African countries that have acceded to the APRM process, representatives from Regional Economic Communities and the APRM Secretariat are also participating.

The main objective of the training workshop is to enhance the participation and effectiveness of parliamentarians in the APRM process in participating countries.

The training will provide delegates opportunities to exchange views, share country-specific experiences and learn from one another.

It will emphasize the need to build strategic coalitions between parliamentarians and civil society organization to improve the level of citizen engagement in the APRM as a whole.

APRM was launched in March 2003 to address governance challenges facing Africa.