The Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. Frances Johnson Allison recently returned home from Gaborone, Botswana, where she attended two Technical Experts Workshops to review “A draft model Anti-Corruption Legislation for Africa” and the “Findings on Corruption from the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Country Review Reports.
The Workshops which were held on 15-16 and 17-18, April 2013 respectively, were organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AU-ABC). The meeting brought together heads of national anti-corruption authorities, legal scholars, legal practitioners, representatives of civil society organizations, a representative of the European Union and other relevant stakeholders.
The objective of the workshop on “A draft model Anti-Corruption Legislation for Africa”was to have it reviewed and critiqued by the heads of national anti-corruption authorities on the continent, a carefully selected spread of legal scholars and practitioners and individuals from civil society, with a view eliciting comments, suggestions and discussions that would further enrich the draft. The legislation is intended as a template for African States which are yet to put into place anti-corruption legislation in their efforts to do so.
Concerning the Findings on Corruption from the APRM Country Review Reports, analysis of the first fifteen APRM Countries reveals that corruption is a major governance and development challenge in these countries, although in different degrees.
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) was adopted by African Heads of State and Government as a peer learning and self-assessment mechanism. It is a mutually agreed instrument voluntarily acceded by African Union (AU) member states as an African self-monitoring mechanism The APRM is aimed at fostering the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration through sharing of experiences and reinforcement of successful and best practices, including identifying deficiencies and assessing the needs for capacity building.
As of January 2012, thirty one African countries including Liberia, have signed the memorandum of understanding acceding to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) including Liberia.