President Jakaya Kikwete has praised the report of the Africa Union governance assessment body African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM),Tanzania Chapter, and underscored Tanzania’s commitment to implement its recommendations.
“APRM is like a mirror that helps us see ourselves where we are and what we have achieved in terms of ensuring democratic leadership and good governance and economic development in our country, he said.
President Kikwete made the commitment during a sensitisation seminar to members of the ruling party CCM top body, the National Executive Committee (NEC) in Dodoma recently.
“It is against this truth that we are more than ready to implement your recommendations when the right time comes,” said the President. Under the process Tanzania was reviewed by an external panel of experts in March, 2012.
He said he read the report and was confident the process was transparent and objective enough that’s why there were issues about which the government was congratulated for good performance and on the other hand the report revealed governance deficits.
Earlier on, highlighting to the NEC members on the APRM process, the chairperson of the APRM Tanzania Prof Hassa Mlawa in a speech, read on his behalf by APRM Board member, Theckla Shangali commended Tanzania for acceding to the mechanism.
An APRM board member John Magalle Shibuda (MP) reminded CM members that APRM is a process that follows policies of TANU, CCM predecessor on the Mainland, on self criticism.
Tanzania is among 30 out of 54 African countries participating in the APRM process which after every four years reviews the status of governance in the member states.