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28.04.2007 General News

APRM is independent – Prof. Asante

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The African Peer Review Mechanism would not suffer in any way if there was a change of government, says Professor S. K. B. Asante, member of the Governing Council of the APRM.

This, he said, was because the APRM Governing Council was entirely independent, purely non-partisan and worked within the tenets of the African Union (AU) for the common good of the country and the African continent as a whole.

Professor Asante was reacting to sentiments expressed by some participants attending a day's trainer-of-trainers workshop for the staff of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and District Focal Persons in the Western region at Takoradi on Thursday.

"The APRM is not a political manifesto of any party to open a new or respectable chapter in the political and social life of the country", he said.

Prof. Asante said the APRM in collaboration civil society groups and other stakeholders to ensure the successful integration of programme of action into the Ghana Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS II).

To this end, a desk had been established to act as liaison between the President and the APRM Governing Council, he said.

The Governing Council had prepared a popular version of Ghana's APRM Country report that would be translated into six major local languages and made accessible to the people.

Source: GNA

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