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15.05.2007 General News

Lack of political will affects APRM – Dr Appiah

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The Executive Secretary of the National African Peer Review Mechanism-Governing Council, Dr Francis Appiah, has said lack of commitment and political will are some of the factors delaying the implementation of the APRM.

Speaking in an interview with the GNA, Dr Appiah mentioned other factors affecting the mechanism as lack of prioritization, financial and resource capacities on the part of government and other stakeholders to carry the development process forward.

Dr Appiah said the country was noted for good ideas, plans and programmes but most of them could not be effectively implemented as a result of these factors.

He said to help check and avoid this pitfall, a monitoring and evaluation mechanism had been set up within the Council.

Other factors plaguing the country's development include the unwillingness to put premium on the implementation of programmes, organizational and institutional inadequacies and an attitude that many a time supports mediocrity, the executive secretary added.

Dr Appiah noted: "A worrying trend is where we have strong leadership, but their work is undermined either by employees or by powers that be, who invariably in the long-run turn to support a culture of mediocrity.”

He emphasized that "this disease" could be eradicated if politicians showed total commitment and an unending passion for the implementation of development programmes with the necessary financial backing.

Source: GNA

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