Today, February 7th, 2024, President Julius Maada Bio chaired the 33rd Summit of the African Peer Review (APR) Forum of Heads of State and Government of the Member States of the African Union. The summit, held virtually, brought together leaders from across the continent to discuss critical issues related to governance and development in Africa.

During the summit, President Bio welcomed the Central African Republic as the 44th Member Country of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and cooperation within the APRM framework. He expressed pleasure in extending the APRM’s reach to another African nation, highlighting the significance of collective efforts in fostering good governance and sustainable development across the continent.

President Bio’s tenure as the chairperson of the APR Forum came to a close, marking a productive two-year period of leadership. In a formal handing-over ceremony, he passed the baton to His Excellency Abdelmadjid Tebboune, President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, who assumes the role of the new Chairperson. President Bio conveyed his best wishes to President Tebboune, expressing confidence in his ability to lead the APR Forum effectively.

Acknowledging the support received during his tenure, President Bio extended gratitude to the African Peer Review Forum, Member States, and the African Peer Review Mechanism Secretariat for their unwavering commitment and collaboration. He urged continued support for President Tebboune and emphasized the importance of collective action in advancing the APRM’s objectives of promoting good governance and accountability across Africa.

In his remarks, President Bio also expressed appreciation for the outgoing CEO of the APRM, Professor Eddy Maloka, recognizing his commendable efforts in driving progress and facilitating dialogue within the APRM framework. He wished Professor Maloka success in his future endeavors, underscoring the significant contributions made during his tenure.

Highlighting Sierra Leone’s commitment to regional cooperation and development, President Bio reaffirmed the government’s dedication to working closely with other Member States towards achieving the shared goals of the APRM. He emphasized the importance of collaboration in sharing experiences, reinforcing best practices, and addressing challenges to build a better future for Africa.

As the summit concluded, leaders expressed optimism for the future of governance and development in Africa, reaffirming their commitment to the principles of democracy, transparency, and accountability. With a new leadership in place and renewed determination, the APRM remains poised to make meaningful strides towards realizing the aspirations of the African continent.