Président de la Commission de l’Union Africaine (depuis le 1er. février 2008)
While commending Rwanda for the fact that 49% of its MPs are women - among the highest level in Africa - the report urged the country to work on improving its relationship with its neighbours. Rwanda was also urged to make its laws conform to international standards and to pursue a true reconciliation among its peoples.
President Paul Kagame was quoted as having described the APRM report as initiating a “good learning process,” from which his country will benefit, adding that Rwandans are looking forward to working with other African nations as they “carry out the corrective measures where weaknesses have been identified.” APRM Executive Director Dr. Bernard Kouassi said in his report that although there was a semblance of political pluralism in Rwanda, political parties are not able to operate freely beyond provincial level.
The report also observed that Rwanda faces a challenge of increasing its rate of economic growth.
Although the review was impressed by Rwanda’s ambitious Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy, it criticised the courts for falling short on international judicial and human rights principles.The report noted the country’s heavy reliance on international aid and expressed concerns about utilisation of this aid.
Source : nepad news - november 24, 2006