Dr. Samura Kamara arrives in Ethiopia for Executive Council Meeting
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara arrived today in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to join his colleague Ministers of External Affairs for the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council which will be held from 24th – 28th January 2013 at the new Conference Centre of the African Union Commission. (Photo: Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara)
The Executive Council is composed of Foreign Ministers of Member States charged with the responsibility of coordinating and making policy recommendations in areas of common interest to the Member States. It is answerable to the Assembly of Heads of States and is tasked with preparing sessions for the Assembly.
This is the debut African Union Summit which Dr. Samura Kamara is attending after he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation by His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma.
The Summit officially kicked off on Monday 21st January with the Twenty-Fifth Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC).
The Ambassadors exchanged views on specific reports including the reports of the Sub-Committees on Structures; Multilateral Cooperation; Contributions; Economic and Trade Matters; the report on NEPAD as well as that of the Special Emergency Assistance Fund for Drought and Famine in Africa among others.
As Chairman of the PRC’s Sub-Committee on Headquarters and Host Agreements, Ambassador Andrew Gbebay Bangali, Sierra Leone’s Envoy to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia made pertinent contribution on behalf of the Sub-Committee whilst presenting the report.
The Working Documents and Draft Decisions in preparation of the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council have already been considered.
The document is divided into two parts: Part A includes items for adoption on which the PRC has reached an agreement and for which approval by the Executive Council is required without discussion while Part B includes items on which agreement has not been reached by the PRC and therefore requires debate by the Foreign Affairs Ministers.
Meanwhile, Dr. Samura Kamara was warmly welcomed and properly received at the Bole International Airport VIP Lounge by the following: Ambassador Andrew Gbebay Bangali, Sierra Leone’s Envoy to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Sierra Leone’s Deputy Chief of Mission to Ethiopia, Mr. Amadu Koroma; Mr. James Sawi, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation; Mr. Ibrahim Kondoh, Director, Africa Division Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation; Mr. Francis Edward Kandeh, Head of Chancery; and Mr. Christopher Bockarie, Second Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Addis Ababa respectively.
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