Expert Group Meeting to validate the APRM Study on Major Bottlenecks Facing Africa, 14-15th September, in Kigali, Rwanda

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is a mutually agreed instrument voluntarily acceded to by African Union (AU) member States as an African self-monitoring mechanism. The APRM is often described as “Africa’s unique and innovative approach to governance” with the objective of improving governance dynamics at the local, national and continental levels.

The APRM was adopted by African Heads of State and Government as a systematic peer learning and self-assessment mechanism originating from the NEPAD foundational document, the “Declaration on Democracy, Political, Economic and Corporate Governance” adopted in Durban, South Africa in July 2002.

Dr. Rasekoala was invited to the Expert Group Meeting to validate the APRM Study on Major Bottlenecks Facing Africa, 14-15th September, in Kigali, Rwanda, as an Expert on Science, Technology & Innovation (STI). Dr. Rasekoala contributed as the Lead Discussant for two of the 13 Bottlenecks: Lack of Industrialisation and low value addition; andUnder-development of the Services Sector. In addition, Dr. Rasekoala put forward the following recommendations for the finalisation of the Report:

The APRM should advocate for and highlight in the country assessment reports, the agenda of the critical enhancement of the utilisation of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to drive the development framework on the African continent. The current under-utilisation of STI is having a profoundly negative impact on the African continent’s development trajectory.

The APRM should consider having more inclusive and multi-disciplinary experts in its Country Assessment teams, particularly those from the Natural & Life Sciences, and Engineering. The current scenario of over-representation of experts from the Humanities, Law and the Social Sciences, is skewing the focus areas and therefore, outcomes of the national Country Assessments, meaning that critical issues of national governance mechanisms which impinge on critical development aspects such as Education, Health, Industrialisation, etc. are not being highlighted.