African Peer Review Delegation Meets Liberian President

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf  currently chairs the African Peer Review Mechanism Forum.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf currently chairs the African Peer Review Mechanism Forum.
Ambassador Fatuma Ndangiza,new chairperson of the APRM Panel
Ambassador Fatuma Ndangiza,new chairperson of the APRM Panel

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received members of the Panel of Experts of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia.
President Sirleaf currently chairs the APRM Forum.
The Panel Members are in Liberia to hold talks with the President on APRM-related issues, her office, the Executive mansion said over the weekend.
Speaking during the courtesy visit at the weekend, President Sirleaf welcomed APRM Panel members to Liberia, and congratulated its new chairperson, Ambassador Fatuma Ndangiza, on her preferment as head of the APRM Panel, urging her to lead the Panel to a new level of progress.
The Liberian leader stressed that her leadership of the APRM Forum is currently focused on, among other issues, building a functioning Secretariat, integrating the APRM Forum into the structure of the African Union, and ensuring that more countries accede to the Forum.
 President Sirleaf told the APR Panel Members that leaders of the continent whose countries have not acceded to the APRM will need assurance that the Panel will ensure a quality review process if they are to accede.
 She informed the visiting Panel Members that efforts are being made to filter the activities of the APRM into the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and that arrangements have been made to bring on stream the donor and partner community to galvanize more support for the work of the APRM Forum.
 The APRM Forum Chair urged the APR Panel of Experts to develop a strategic work plan that is time-bound, indicating that she looks forward to the results of the different meetings in Monrovia and a comprehensive roadmap for moving forward.
Speaking earlier, the Chairperson of the APR Panel of Experts, Ambassador Fatuma Ndangiza, briefed President Sirleaf about the current state of the APR Panel of Experts.
 She thanked President Sirleaf for her leadership role which, she said, inspires its members as they execute their duties. “The Panel has organized series of meetings and its members have committed themselves to the work of the Panel. We are enhancing the Panel’s work and building synergies, partnership, and also seeking capacity with sub-regional and regional economic bodies and institutions,” Ambassador Ndangiza pointed out.
 Ambassador Ndangiza pledged the Panel’s commitment to work with President Sirleaf to ensure the accession of more African countries to the APRM process and announced the development of a strategy for enhancing the work of the APR Panel.
 The APR Panel of Experts Chairperson informed President Sirleaf that strategic retreats and workshops are being planned with the support of the African Development Bank and United Nations Development Programme, emphasizing that the partners are much more committed to supporting the work of the APR Panel.
 “The Panel is seeking your support, Madam President, for an Extraordinary Session of the African Union’s Assembly of Heads of State and Government on the way forward for the African Peer Review Mechanism,” Ambassador Ndangiza concluded.
 The APR Panel delegation who visited the Liberian President included: the Chairperson of the Panel, Ambassador Fatuma Ndangiza; Vice Chairperson, Ambassador Ashraf Rashed; and Panel Members, His Excellency Mr. Eden Kojo, Ambassador Okon E. Uya, Mr. Joseph Mankin, Dr. Mustapha Mekedeche, Mr. Youssouf Khayal, Professor Ali Abu Manga, Dr. Assefa Shifa, Dr. Rachel Mokamunana, Dr. Kofi Adorgloh, Mr. Dalmar Jama and Mrs. Arlette Yemek.

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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