NEPAD/HSGIC-03-2003/APRM/Guideline/OSCI
9 March 2003

OBJECTIVES, STANDARDS, CRITERIA AND INDICATORS
FOR THE
AFRICAN PEER REVIEW MECHANISM (“THE APRM”)
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INTRODUCTION

1.1

The African Peer Review Mechanism (“the APRM”) base document

(AHG/235 (XXXVIII) Annex 2) defines the Mechanism as:
“An instrument voluntarily acceded to by Member States of the African
Union as an African self-monitoring mechanism”
and its primary purpose as:
“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 of capacity
building.”
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To ensure that the primary purpose is realised, the participating states have

committed themselves to adopting appropriate laws, policies and standards, as
well as building the necessary human and institutional capacity. They have also
committed themselves to adopting specific objectives, standards, criteria and
indicators for assessing and monitoring progress in key areas on a regular basis in
accordance with the African Peer Review Mechanism base document and the
Declaration on Democracy, Political, Economic and Corporate Governance
(AHG/235 (XXXVIII) Annex 1) [“the Declaration”], as endorsed by the inaugural
Summit of the African Union (AU) in Durban, South Africa in July 2002.

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