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'Hope that Ramaphosa will breathe new life into Africa's Peer Review Mechanism'

9 February 2020 2:00 PM
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African Union
Institute for Security Studies
Addis Ababa
President Cyril Ramaphosa
African Peer Review Mechanism
APRM
Liesl Louw-Vaudran
Liesl Louw-Vaudran (ISS) is at the Addis Ababa summit where Ramaphosa assumed the AU chairmanship and was elected APRM chair.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the continent stands on the threshold of a new epoch of governance and he'll be at the helm of monitoring countries who fail to implement recommendations by the Africa Peer Review Mechanism.

The African Union (AU) elected him as APRM chairperson at its Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa.

Ramaphosa also assumed the position of new chair of the AU.

"It is through the APRM that we are able to workshop solutions to our shared challenges and share best practice in governance at both regional and continental levels. In affirmation of this noble role, I gladly accept the honour of leading the APRM for the next two years"

Cyril Ramaphosa, South African president

Liesl Louw-Vaudran, senior research consultant at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), is at the summit and explains why there's hope the South African president will revive the continent's peer review mechanism.

Other heads of state are supposed to review these reports that are done by APRM about governance and now, for the last two years, you had a president like President Idriss Déby of Chad heading this mechanism. And you know, he's an authoritarian leader that has been in power for decades.

Liesl Louw-Vaudran, Senior research consultant - Institute for Security Studies

In terms of credibility, it's difficult then to actually show how it makes a difference to how governance happens on the continent.

Liesl Louw-Vaudran, Senior research consultant - Institute for Security Studies

When the OAU (Organisation of African Unity) was created in 1963 it was really just that club of very authoritarian leaders and some dictators... And then in 2002 with the AU, the idea was to move away from that and to look at a role for the union to speak up about issues around human rights, about conflict and governance.

Liesl Louw-Vaudran, Senior research consultant - Institute for Security Studies

For more insight into the challenges faced by the AU and the APRM specifically, take a listen:


9 February 2020 2:00 PM
Tags:
African Union
Institute for Security Studies
Addis Ababa
President Cyril Ramaphosa
African Peer Review Mechanism
APRM
Liesl Louw-Vaudran

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