Johannesburg, South Africa - August 30, 2023: The APRM Continental Secretariat received a courtesy visit by the Honourable Sanda Badda ILDJIMA, Minister of National Reconciliation and Social Cohesion of the Republic of Chad.
The Honourable Minister’s delegation was comprised of Mr. Sabri Hassan Kalendoubaye, Adviser to the Minister of National Reconciliation and Social Cohesion, Ms. Mabrouka Djafar Mahamat, Director of Integration, Governance, and Monitoring and Ms. Achta Youssouf Djibrine, Director of Sensitization for Peace and Unity.
The delegation was welcomed by Adv. Batlokwa Makong, Ag Chief of Staff, on behalf of the CEO of the APRM Continental Secretariat, Prof Eddy Maloka. Also in attendance were staff and directors of the Continental Secretariat.
In his welcome remarks, Advocate Batlokwa Makong, Ag Chief of Staff, emphasized on the role played by the late President of the Republic of Chad, H.E Idriss Deby Itno in the integration of the APRM into the African Union system, in particular the integration of the APRM’s budget into the AU Statutory budget.
On behalf of the CEO, Prof Eddy Maloka, Advocate Batlokwa Makong expressed his gratitude to the Government and the people of Chad for always prioritise the APRM in all efforts in deepening good governance in the country. He also expressed the APRM sincere condolences to H.E Mahamat Idriss Deby Into, the Government, and the people of Chad for the untimely passing away of President Idriss Deby Itno.
In line with the APRM Mandate of encouraging and sharing of best practices, the delegation led by Hon. Sanda Badda ILDJIMA, Minister of Reconciliation and Social Cohesion, came to the Republic of South Africa to peer learning and experience sharing in National Reconciliation and Social Cohesion.
The delegation met with various stakeholders, including different ministries of the government of South Africa. The visit was facilitated by ACCORS, a partner of the APRM, which is a conflict management institution based in Durban, in South Africa. It is working across Africa to bring about creative African solutions to the challenges posed by conflicts on the continent.
Chad has gone through protracted instability since independence, and this has caused social and economic instability in the country. The experience shared by different stakeholders, including government ministries of South Africa will certainly go a long way in informing how South Africa insured social cohesion post-Apartheid.
The experience of South Africa on National Reconciliation and Social Cohesion would be adapted to the Chadian experience and context, especially regarding truth, justice, reconciliation, and peace.