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UNICEF commends President Koroma

UNICEF commends President Koroma

High Commissioner of Sierra Leone High Commission UK/NI, Hon. Edward Mohamed Turay  said his President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma is very committed towards the welfare of children and women, which was the reason why he decided to introduce the free health care for pregnant women, children and lactating mothers.

“On behalf of my government and people of Sierra Leone, I want to thank your organisation for your support towards our welfare,” the High Commissioner said and called for more cooperation and support from UNICEF.

Shanella later took the High Commissioner and team that include Information Attaché Sorie Sudan Sesay and Financial Attaché John Ellie, on a conducted tour of the organisation’s warehouse where the team found school materials and malaria nets already packed for distribution in Sierra Leone.

Earlier in the day, the High Commissioner Edward Mohamed Turay presented working copies of his credentials to the Deputy Director of Protocol Minister Counsellor Protocol Department Annette Lassen, ahead of his presentation of credentials to Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark tomorrow Friday 19th November 2010.

High Commissioner and the Counsellor held fruitful discussions aimed t strengthening diplomatic relations between the two countries.

HE Turay said he was delighted to meet the Counsellor whom he described as a ‘very receptive person.’

Lassen briefed the High Commissioner about the protocols involved in the presentation and informed him that the Queen would be glad to receive him on what she described as ‘a memorable and special day.’

The High Commissioner also met with the Head of Department for Africa Mette Knudsen where he appealed for Sierra Leone to be considered in future summits involving Africa.

Turay said his country is now open for business and there are lots of developmental projects undertaken by the government of Sierra Leone.

“We have a vibrant Parliament and the Civil Society is working towards the interest of the people,” Turay said adding that Sierra Leone was recently classified as ‘the most condusive place to do business in the sub region’ while the President won an award for ‘Good Governance’ in South Africa recently.

Knudsen said her organisation was preparing for the European Union Africa Summit to be held in Libya where African Heads of State will represent their respective countries.

She disclosed that her organisation organised the African Ambassadors and High Commissioners in September this year where they discussed on issues relating to African development and that the next meeting will be in January next year.

“Priority is given to promote broader cooperation in Africa politically and commercially,” she said.

Sorie Sudan Sesay, Information Attache, Sierra Leone High Commission, UK/NI

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