The African Peer Review Mechanism-APRM is considering adopting
President Yoweri Museveni’s bottlenecks facing Africa as new areas of
assessment while evaluating member states.
In 2015, Museveni presented 11 bottlenecks which according to him are hindering
effective socio-economic transformation of the African continent.
Museveni singled out Ideological disorientation, under-developed Infrastructure, lack of industrialization and low-Value
Addition, the attack on democracy and governance among others to be Africa’s
bottlenecks where states need to be strengthened.
Prof. Eddy Maloka, APRM Chief Executive Officer, says the agency feels that the
bottlenecks highlight almost all the cross-cutting issues which are affecting
all states in the continent.
Prof. Maloka made the remarks during a side-line interview before the launch of
Uganda’s second country assessment report stressing that including bottleneck
will deepen the review, give it focus and relevancy to member states.
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Established in 2003, APRM is a tool which aspires to create African solutions
for African problems by, among things, let states share experiences,
reinforcing best practices, and assessing capacity-building needs to foster
policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability.
The peer-review process has four thematic areas including democracy and
political governance, economic governance and management, corporate governance,
and broad-based sustainable socio-economic development. Each member country is
assessed and given recommendation which is intended to create solutions in the
Although the APRM has attracted a number of states due to its good-looking
aspiration, its reliance remains slim given the fact that countries are yet to
implement recommendations of the reports released.
Maloka decries the continued side-lining of recommendation by a number of
members arguing that if there are not taken up and integrated in government
programmes it would be hard for specific countries to forego the highlighted
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The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) which an
independent public policy think-tank highlights that in the last ten years APRM
has released a total of 17 solid, comprehensive and honest review in
particular countries. However, countries have failed to implement their
Silvia Angey Ufoyuru, ex-official at the Uganda’s APRM national governing
council, notes that Uganda made steps in implementing the recommendations since
the structures of the agency are hosted by the national planning authority.