SA peer review ready


South Africa’s third African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) report is ready for submission. The report, which has been approved by Cabinet, will be presented at next year’s NEPAD summit.

The APRM is seen as a valuable monitoring and evaluation tool, available to any African Union country, the state BuaNews agency says. A country formally joins the APRM after handing in a signed Memorandum of Understanding at the NEPAD Secretariat.
“The country acceded to the APRM instrument in March 2003, thereby voluntarily subjecting itself to a review by peers in the areas of democracy and political governance; economic governance and management; corporate governance as well as socio-economic development,” Cabinet spokesman Jimmy Manyi told the media after the fortnightly meeting.

The APRM is a tool which helps African countries to meet the challenges of the 21st century and to unlock their vast potential. Its purpose is to encourage governments of Africa to adopt policies, standards and practices that lead to greater stability, economic growth and sustainable development.

Manyi said Cabinet also approved South Africa’s position on the fifth meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP5) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to be held in Geneva in April.

South Africa’s primary objective of the meeting is to protect human health and the environment from POPs. Cabinet believes SA needs to meet its obligations by effectively implementing the convention, including the development or use of safer alternatives in the relevant industries when chemicals have been listed as POPs.