President Thabo Mbeki to Participate in the 3rd Summit of the African Peer Review Forum (APRF), Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday, 19 June 2005

Tshwane - South African President Thabo Mbeki will lead the South African delegation to the 3rd Summit of the African Peer Review Forum (APRF) scheduled for Sunday, 19 June 2005 in Abuja, Nigeria.

President Mbeki's participation in the Forum comes within the context of South Africa's focus on the consolidation of the African agenda through the strengthening of the institutions of the African Union.

Coming ahead of the African Union Summit scheduled for 4-5 July 2005, the APRF will consider the Base Country Review Report on Ghana and Rwanda. These two reports constitute the first to emerge from the African Peer Review Mechanism (APFM) process and will provide useful lessons for country reviews to follow.

Other issues on the Agenda are expected to include:

  • A progress report of the NEPAD Secretariat with particular reference to the implementation of Millennium Development Goals and preparations for the G-8 Summit to be hosted by Britain in Gleneagles, Scotland from 7-8 July 2005;
  • APRM Eminent Person's Group chair progress report; and
  • The way forward in the APRM process.

Participants in the Forum will include Heads of State and Government from countries who have acceded to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), viz: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Egypt, Benin, Malawi, Lesotho, Tanzania, Angola and Sierra Leone.

President Mbeki is expected to return to South Africa on Monday, 20 June 2005.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
19 June 2005

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