The Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, Representative of the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, attended Friday the 31st Summit of the Forum of Heads of State and Government of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
Chaired by the President of South Africa and current Chair of the APRM, Cyril Ramaphosa, the summit, held in virtually on the eve of the 35th African Union Summit, was devoted to the examination of the review reports submitted by several countries, including South Africa, Nigeria, Namibia and Kenya.
The summit was also marked by the adhesion of Burundi, which brings the total number of APRM member states to 42, as well as the election of the President of Nigeria to head the APRM Forum for a two-year term, the same source added.
During his speech, the Algerian Chief of Diplomacy “stressed Algeria’s firm commitment to the values embodied by this pan-African mechanism, recalling that our country was among the first to be involved in the APRM process by submitting its first national report,” the statement said.
Mr Lamamra added that, since then, “Algeria’s commitment to implementing the APRM’s good practices has been illustrated through several stages, referring to the amendments to the Constitution introduced by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and approved by popular referendum in November 2020”, as well as through “innovative public policies aimed at diversification and economic performance with the essential concern of preserving social justice”.
Furthermore, referring to the current context prevailing in Africa marked by the regression of good governance and a dangerous process of unconstitutional changes taking place in West Africa, Minister Lamamra stressed “the urgent need to uphold the principles and objectives of the APRM and the importance of working collectively to boost its potential as a tool for joint African action to promote democracy and sustainable development and also as an important conflict prevention mechanism that should operate in full coordination with the other components of the African Peace and Security Architecture”.
Created in 2003, following the implementation of NEPAD by the five founding countries (Algeria, South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria and Senegal), the APRM is a self-assessment tool to which the member states of the African Union voluntarily adhere with a view to promoting good governance, political stability and sustainable development on a continental scale.