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SOUTH AFRICANS LAUDED FOR EMBRACING PEER REVIEW

BuaNews
09 November 2005

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South Africans lauded for embracing peer review
By Clive Ndou

Cape Town – An eminent member of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) has lauded South Africans for embracing the process, saying the level of awareness in this regard is impressive.

Speaking during a press conference here, Professor Adebayo Adedeji, told reporters the APRM process involved all sectors of society.

“It is an integrated process that goes far beyond the monitoring of government. Judging by the level of awareness of the process among South Africans, it is quite clear everybody recognises the potential of the process and want it to be a success,” he said.

Professor Adedeji and other APRM officials are in the country to assess South Africa’s preparedness and mechanisms put in place to begin the country’s review process.

Over the next two days, he will meet a number of stakeholders to discuss this process.

He said the panel’s visit would be concluded by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the South African government and the panel.

South Africa is the third country to undergo this process after Ghana and Rwanda.

Professor Adedeji said while the process pointed out weaknesses in a country being reviewed, it was not adversarial.

“Being an instrument of peer learning and experience sharing, the APRM should not be interpreted as a scorecard of pass or fail or, conditionality for donor assistance.

“It is a test of the degree of a country’s commitment to its programme of action,” he said.

He said the panel was expecting to receive South Africa’s self-assessment report by the end of March next year.

Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Frazer-Moleketi, whose department is a focal point during the assessment, said the process would assist South Africa address its service delivery challenges.

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