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Vol 46 No 19

Published 23rd September 2005


A test for the peers

African states have their chance to judge th Kufuor government's record

A central principle of Africa's bargain with industrialised countries is that its own governments should assess each other's performance and publish the results. In return for foreign investment, access to rich-country markets, debt relief and aid, African states must reform their economies and administrations through the revolutionary African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), rather than through the devices of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. No sanctions are available against those who earn low marks but countries judged to have poor records on corruption and human rights can expect less aid and investment. Ghana and Rwanda are first to go through the hoops.

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