The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights’ Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa, Advocate Pansy Tlakula has commended Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) for its work in advancing the right of access to information in Africa. She observed that since 2010 AFIC has worked with her office on several initiatives including organising continental consultations on the model law on access to information, promotion of the ratification of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, advocacy for adoption of access to information laws and monitoring implementation. She welcomed the strategic planning process that AFIC has commenced and hoped that the new strategic plan will also cover aspects of promotion of the Tshwane Principles of National Security and Access to Information.
This was during the opening of AFIC’s General Assembly held in Johannesburg, South Africa attended by 35 participants including all 28 members of AFIC, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and partners AFIC. The new five-year strategic plan seeks to strengthen the right to information agenda at regional and international level and actualise the right to information by facilitating capacity of members and knowledge sharing. The Open Government Partnership, Open Contracting, Africa Model Law on Access to Information and African Union Treaties on Access to Information were identified as key driving factors for the new strategic plan.
The new Governing Council was elected with Mr. Henry Maina (Kenya) as Chairperson, Ms Zoe Titus (Namibia) Vice Chairperson, Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai (Sierra Leone) Secretary, Alison Tilley (South Africa) Treasure with Prof. Colin Darch (South Africa), Anne Nderi (Kenya), Henri Christin Longendja (DR Congo) as Executive Members.