United Nations Workshop On Governance To Be Held In Kigali On 8 May

Theme: “The Africa Governance Inventory as a governance information tool supporting the African Peer Review Mechanism”

Senior government officials from 25 African countries will discuss how to improve electronic governance at a United Nations workshop to be held in Kigali on Monday, 8 May.

The workshop will gather the views of senior officials on how an Internet portal, the Africa Governance Inventory (AGI), can support good governance – the goal of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), a mechanism to ensure that participating countries observe the good governance principles and practices outlined in the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the strategic framework for renewal adopted by African governments in 2001.

The workshop, to be held at the Novotel Kigali Umubano, will be attended by senior officials from 25 countries -- Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Participants include Kenya’s Minister for Planning and National Development Henry Obwocha, South Africa’s Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi and Sierra Leone’s Minister for Presidential and Public Affairs Shekou M. Sesay.

Also attending will be officials from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Division for Public Administration and Development Management, the NEPAD/African Peer Review Secretariat and Italy.

The workshop will be the first-ever meeting of African government officials in charge of the Internet portal and of the APRM. The workshop is expected to provide a better understanding of the links between the AGI Portal and the APRM, to be reflected in a set of recommendations to be submitted for adoption to the Sixth Africa Governance Forum, which will be held in Kigali from 9 to 11 May. The theme of the Forum is “Implementing the African Peer Review Mechanism: Challenges and Opportunities”.

The Africa Governance Inventory -- available at http://www.unpan.org/agiportal – is a self-service information and data gathering tool on governance activities in Africa. It was developed in 2003 by the United Nations Division for Public Administration and Development Management with funding from UNDP and Italy, and placed at the service of African states to support their governance efforts.

The AGI Portal assists governments and their development partners by providing analytical information and data on national governance activities, thus helping countries to improve programming, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and resource mobilization for good governance. To date, 31 African countries in Africa have provided data on governance through the AGI Portal – 20 of which have acceded to the APRM.

The United Nations has consistently urged African countries participating in the APRM to put the AGI Portal to optimum use. “Since more and more countries are making use of this essential service, the collection, storage and analysis of data on governance is facilitated to the benefit of the ongoing continental review process,” says Guido Bertucci, the Director of the Division for Public Administration and Development Management.

The event is organized by the Division for Public Administration and Development Management of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa.

For further information, please visit http://www.unpan.org/agiportal or contact at the United Nations Valentina Resta, tel. (1 212) 963 8423, e-mail restav@un.org or Alphonse Mekolo, tel. (1 917) 367 2413, e-mail mekolo@un.org

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