President Sirleaf Meets APRM Continental Secretariat.

Wednesday, 19th October 2016
APRM delegation held talks with President Sirleaf.
APRM delegation held talks with President Sirleaf.
Photo Credit: Executive Mansion

Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has met a delegation led by Professor Edward Maloka at the lead of APRM Continental Secretariat and team of Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) during a courtesy call paid on her at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia. While in Monrovia, the team will provide technical assistance and build the capacities of key stakeholders of the APRM Liberia Country Program ahead of Liberia’s self-assessment study.   
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf received the delegation on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 and congratulated Dr. Maloka and team for the visit to Liberia.

President Sirleaf said she was glad that Liberia is on track once again despite the diversion adding, “We too see APRM as a tool to work with”. The Liberian leader expressed the hope that before the end of her administration Liberia’s self-assessment study would have taken place and implemented. 

In remarks, Prof. Maloka said the team was in Liberia to provide technical assistance, build capacities for stakeholders, conduct sensitization workshop with state and non-state actors on the APRM’s communication strategies, methodologies and research questionnaire and as well participate in the official launch of the APRM National Sensitization Campaign among other.

He commended President Sirleaf and her government for the conducive atmosphere created and the warm reception they received from people of Liberia since their arrival in Liberia. He said his team met with Hon. Boima S. Kamara, Minister of Finance and Development Planning and APRM National Focal person, members of APRM Multi-Sectoral National Governing Council, the APRM National Secretariat, Technical Research Institutes (TRIs) and Strategic Partners at his Ministry.

It may be recalled that in February of 2016, the APRM country support mission team met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Technical Assistance to the APRM Liberia Country Program. In May 2013, President Sirleaf was appointed Chairperson and served for two years before turning over to President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.

APRM, which was established in 2003, is an African Union initiative for promoting good governance within the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
The objectives of the APRM are primarily to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration. Those goals are met through experience sharing and reinforcement of success as well as best practices, including identifying deficiencies and assessment of requirements for capacity building.