NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 26 – The government says all is set for Kenya to host the forthcoming African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), extra-ordinary summit in Nairobi next month.
Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru says at least 15 head of states are expected to attend the summit on September 11, further underpinning Kenya’s increased role in African governance issues.
Waiguru says this will greatly contribute to Kenya’s tourism sector this year due to the high number of visitors expected to accompany the leaders.
“We have already sent out invitations to head of states and until now, 15 have confirmed. We expect to get more confirmations in the next few days,” Waiguru said on Wednesday.
She added that the government is making arrangement to host the 35 member heads of state should they all attend.
“Besides member states participating in the APRM, other invitees to the summit include non-actors such as media, civil society organisations, academia, strategic partners etc,” the CS said.
The APRM is a voluntary governance self-assessment by African countries which is conducted using domesticated guidelines developed by the APRM continental secretariat, based on four thematic pillars.
The pillars include democracy and political governance, economic governance and management, corporate governance and socio-economic development.
Some of the discussion in the summit will include revisiting the whole philosophy of APRM, its process, its role for African countries, resource mobilisation for APRM, how to enforce compliance of APRM principles and integration of APRM to the African Union (AU).
Kenya signed to commit to APRM in March 2003 and in 2006, the country became the third African state to be peer reviewed at AU Banjul Summit.
Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and Mauritius were the first four to pioneer the process.
For APRM process to be complete its takes up to 12 months.
Waiguru says this will also be an issue to be discussed by heads of states and see how to reduce that period so that the report can help countries improve on governance issues.