Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ambassador Ndagiza chair of APRM Eminent Persons

Former Rwandan Ambassador to Tanzania, Fatma Ndagiza
Former Rwandan Ambassador to Tanzania, Fatma Ndagiza has been appointed new chair of the Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). The panel is the main advisory body to APRM Heads of State and government.

The appointment was announced at the end of the 20th Summit of APRM Heads of State and government held on Wednesday in Addis Ababa.

A press release from APRM headquarters said Ambassador Ndangiza succeeds the outgoing Chairperson of the APR Panel, Barrister Akere Tabeng Muna who served as a panel member from the inception of the Mechanism in 2003 up to this month. Muna was also a team leader of the Tanzanian review process. 

“She was first appointed as member of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons at the 16th Summit of the APR Forum in 2012. She is currently serving as the Deputy CEO of the Rwanda Governance Board. Prior to her assumption of these positions, she served as Rwandan Ambassador to Tanzania and was also accredited to Malawi, Zambia, Seychelles and Madagascar,” said the statement.

Speaking after the appointment, Ambassador Ndagiza expressed her commitment to strengthen the Mechanism to greater heights. She said her tenure as the Chairperson of APRM starts at a time when the APRM celebrate its 10th Anniversary and when there is great interest in the replication of the successes of the Mechanism from other Continents. 

Speaking about the appointment in Addis Ababa, the APRM Tanzania Executive Secretary, Rehema Twalib who attended the meeting said apart from the appointment of Ambassador Ndagiza, some more countries joined the APRM and South Africa and Mozambique presented their progress reports.

Tanzania is among the 34 members out of 54 African Union member states who have voluntarily joined the mechanism which seeks to foster accelerated development, adoption of democratic principles and cherishing principles of good governance among member states.


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