Abuja Memorandum Of Understanding On The African Peer Review Mechanism, 2003

Sectors : Political governance
Organisation : AU
Date made: 
Heads of State

Commitments in: Governance - Political governance

“1. We, the Heads of State and Government of the Member States of the African Union participating in the African Peer Review Mechanism:…

… 6. RECOGNISING that the mandate of the African Peer Review Mechanism is to encourage participating States in ensuring that the policies and practices of participating States conform to the agreed political, economic and corporate governance values, codes and standards, and achieve mutually agreed objectives in socio-economic development contained in the Declaration on Democracy, Political, Economic and Corporate Governance;…

… 8. MINDFUL that the primary purpose of the African Peer Review Mechanism is to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration through sharing of experiences and reinforcement of successful and best practice, including identifying deficiencies, and assessing the needs for capacity building of participating countries;…

… 13. FULLY COMMITTED to ensuring the successful implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development in particular the African Peer Review Mechanism including facilitating the provision of adequate resources;…

… 16. NOW THEREFORE being desirous to give effect to the above, we hereby:

17. ADOPT the Declaration on Democracy, Political, Economic and Corporate Governance [AHG/235 (XXXVIII) Annex I];

18. ACCEPT the principles of the African Peer Review Mechanism [AHG/235 (XXXVIII) Annex II] and commit ourselves to their implementation. To this effect, we are PREPARED to provide all necessary resources to facilitate the processes involved at the national level, access to all the required information and stakeholders, and to guarantee all the appropriate privileges and immunities to the Country Review Team (paragraph 19 of the APRM Base Document);


20. CONTRIBUTE fully to the funding of the African Peer Review Mechanism in order to affirm the African ownership of the Mechanism. This includes sourcing funds from African people, businesses and institutions;

21. TAKE all necessary steps to facilitate the development and implementation of a national Programme of Action (paragraph 13 of the APRM Base Document) to improve our performance in the areas of governance and socio-economic development as stipulated in the African Peer Review Mechanism base document;

22. ENSURE the participation of all stakeholders in the development of the national Programme of Action including trade unions, women, youth, civil society, private sector, rural communities and professional associations; Assessments and the Country Review Visit, following consultations with all stakeholders in our individual countries;

24. TAKE such steps as may be necessary for the implementation of the recommendations adopted at the completion of the review process within the specified time frame and integrate them into our respective national Programmes of Action;

25. CO-OPERATE and ASSIST each other, as may be necessary, by sharing best practices and strengthening our capacity to rectify identified short-comings including requesting co-operation of external development partners; and

26. ACCEPT that constructive peer dialogue and persuasion would be exercised, where necessary, in order to encourage improvements in country practices and policies in compliance with agreed African and international best practices where recommended.”