In his acceptance speech on Saturday at the 33rd AU Summit currently under way in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Ramaphosa echoed the goal of the AU Assembly to achieve universal accession to the APRM by 2023. He called for more AU members to join the mechanism to jointly “pursue innovations that will catalyse the positive transformation of the continent”.

The APRM carries out, in fulfilment of its mandate, country reviews. The base review is undertaken once a country joins the APRM, a periodic review is carried out very four years, and member countries may also request a review outside of the mandate review.

The 29th session of the APRM on Sunday for the first time received targeted reviews – reviews commissioned by the APRM – which included reviews on youth unemployment in Namibia, fiscal decentralisation in Djibouti, and the contribution of tourism to the economy of Zambia. A country review report was also tabled on Egypt.

Ramaphosa had encouraged countries that had undergone the review process to implement the recommendations of the reports, saying they were key to achieving the much needed impact on the continent, the presidency said.

African News Agency (ANA)