African Union peer review report lauds Mauritius for best practices
Mauritius held out as example to other African nations for ‘making tremendous progress in corporate and social governance as well as in the health and education systems.’ (Image: GIS Mauritius)
Mauritius was the cynosure of all eyes for its corporate and social governance as the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) has urged other countries to adopt the ‘best practices’ of the island economy.
Dr Mustapha Mekideche, Lead Panel Member for Mauritius Review Process and member of the APRM panel, lauded Mauritius for‘making tremendous progress in corporate and social governance as well as in the health and education systems.’
He was in Port Louis on Thursday to present “The Mauritius African Peer Review Mechanism Report” to the Mauritian Foreign Affairs Minister Arvin Boolell, following the conclusion of the country’s first review exercise.
Receiving the report, Boolell said implementing the Mauritius APRM Report is not only the business of government alone but also that of all stakeholders.
Boolell added that it is necessary to ensure to get on board everyone from trade unions, civil society, to the private sector. He emphasised that the essential feature remains governance which also incorporates political, economic and corporate governance.
According to Boolell a responsible approach and diligent actionsare required for implementation and to ensure that shortcomings are addressed very forcefully and meaningfully.
The report will be implemented on the basis of a well-established roadmap and a committee will be set up to oversee its implementation, he noted.
The APRM, launched in 2003 as part of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), is a self-monitoring tool voluntarily acceded to by Member States of the African Union (AU).
Its objective is to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices leading to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated regional and economic integration through sharing of experiences and reinforcement of successful and best practice, including identifying deficiencies, and assessing the needs for capacity building.
Mauritius was among the first countries which volunteered to be peer reviewed, along with Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda.
In July 2003, the country acceded to the APRM through a Memorandum of Understanding on the APRM during the meeting of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee on the margins of the AU Summit in Maputo.
Previously, Mauritius’ APRM Country Report was presented to the APRM forum by Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam and peer reviewed on 24 July 2010 in Kampala, Uganda.