1. The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is an instrument voluntarily
acceded to by Member States of the African Union as an African self–
monitoring mechanism.

Mandate of the APRM
2. The mandate of the African Peer Review Mechanism is to ensure that the
policies and practices of participating states conform to the agreed political,
economic and corporate governance values, codes and standards contained
in the Declaration on Democracy, Political, Economic and Corporate
Governance. The APRM is the mutually agreed instrument for self-monitoring
by the participating member governments.

Purpose of the APRM
3. The primary purpose of the APRM is 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 through sharing of experiences and reinforcement of
successful and best practice, including identifying deficiencies and assessing
the needs for capacity building.

Principles of the APRM
4. Every review exercise carried out under the authority of the Mechanism must
be technically competent, credible and free of political manipulation. These
stipulations together constitute the core guiding principles of the Mechanism.

Participation in the African Peer Review Process
5. Participation in the process will be open to all member states of the African
Union. After adoption of the Declaration on Democracy, Political, Economic
and Corporate Governance by the African Union, countries wishing to
participate in the APRM will notify the Chairman of the NEPAD Heads of State
and Government Implementation Committee. This will entail an undertaking to
submit to periodic peer reviews, as well as to facilitate such reviews, and be
guided by agreed parameters for good political governance and good
economic and corporate governance.

Leadership and Management Structure

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