The State of the African Diaspora appoints HE Mr. David Sam Suale as Roving Ambassador to Africa and Ambassador representing the State of the African Diaspora in Sierra Leone
A letter from the Office of the Prime Minister of the State of African Diaspora in Paris signed by HE Dr. Louis-Georges TIN in Paris quoting Article 1-5 of its constitution has appointed His Excellency Mr. David Sam Suale as Roving Ambassador to Africa and Ambassador to Sierra Leone, representing the State of African Diaspora.
According to the letter dated 2nd June 2020, addressed to His Excellency Mr. David Sam Suale, his mission is “to represent the State of the African Diaspora, explains its philosophy as well as helps the organization implement its programs of action, in connection with the Prime Minister of the State of African Diaspora”.
The letter reads in part, “we do appreciate your commitment to the pan African cause. We know that we can count on you to reinforce Africa through the diaspora and the diaspora through Africa.”
Given a brief overview, in 2014, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President-in-Office of the African Union gave a mandate to Louis-Georges Tin, chairperson of the CRAN, to set up the African Diaspora, to “give substance” to the Sixth Region:
“You wished to attract our attention about your project that aims to give substance to the 6th region of the African Union (…).
Launched in July 2018, during the Summit of the African Union, the State of the African Diaspora means to reinforce Africa through the diaspora, and the diaspora through Africa.
The State has proposed a bilateral cooperation with the Republic of Sierra Leone. Both parties agree to cooperate in the following areas:
This protocol is implemented in order to build cooperation between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the State of the African Diaspora (SOAD).
The Republic of Sierra Leone recognizes the State of the African Diaspora and the essential contribution of the Diaspora to Africa.
The State of the African Diaspora will provide for the Young people of Sierra Leone 1000 scholarships aimed at training entrepreneurs.
As the Prime Minister of the SOAD has obtained the vote of a resolution in the European Parliament on restitution and reparations linked to the Colonization, the Republic of Sierra Leone gives a mandate to Dr Louis-Georges Tin to take the necessary steps to get back to Sierra Leone the cultural treasures taken during Colonization.
To implement this cooperation, Sierra Leone does not need any money. Just a document is needed confirming its desire to cooperate on the two sectors of Education and Culture with the State of African Diaspora as its partner in this cooperation.
Who is Ambassador David Sam SUALE?
Ambassador Suale is a Sierra Leonean by nationality and currently residing in Sierra Leone. He was born in a village called Largo Jassawabu, Nongowa Chiefdom, Kenema District. He has his paternal link to Yawie Chiefdom, Kailahun District and a maternal link to Lugbu Chiefdom, Bo District.
Ambassador Suale had his primary school education at the Roman Catholic Primary School Boajibu, Simbaru Chiefdom, Kenema. After his common entrance examination, he was admitted at Christ the King College Bo where he attained sixth form. He proceeded to the Njala University College, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree Agriculture General and later a Master of Science degree in Agriculture. He has traveled to so many places in and out of Africa seeking additional knowledge and experience including, The Netherlands, UK, Switzerland, United States, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, Ethiopia, Mali, Ghana, Nigeria,
Ambassador Suale has over twenty years of leadership and professional experience in implementing relief and development programs/projects. During this period, he has acquired valuable knowledge and experience in various International Non-Governmental Organizations operating in Sierra Leone at senior management levels. With his long years of experience in these organizations, he has acquired tremendous experience and expertise in agricultural research and extension; advocacy and policy influencing, value chain analysis, developing and implementing food security and livelihood programs; rural development; strategic planning process; capacity building; resource mobilization; human resource management; project cycle management; Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D); humanitarian and relief assistance; administration, logistics and financial management; purchasing and procurement; monitoring and evaluation; design and management of learning events; process facilitation; Partnership development; proposal writing; natural resource management; climate change adaptation and mitigation, value chain analysis; and development consulting.
Ambassador Suale served as a Focal Person and Facilitator representing an Africa-wide platform called African Forum of Agricultural Advisory Services where he facilitated the establishment of the Sierra Leone Forum called the Sierra Leone Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (SLeFAAS) platform responsible for bringing together professional AAS actors, develop AAS at national level by linking AAS stakeholders with CAADP process, exchange information, share lessons, identify opportunities for providing services to each other, and promote innovation on AAS.
Ambassador Suale worked as Consultant Country Coordinator for the DFID-UK funded Research Into Use Programme in Sierra Leone.
Ambassador Suale also worked for the Lutheran World Federation, Department for World Service an International Non-Governmental Organization that responds to human needs throughout the world, serving all people irrespective of ethnicity, gender, race, religion or political conviction. He was employed as the Regional Field Coordinator He was later promoted to the position of National Programme Coordinator (or Country Director). In this capacity, he was entrusted with the responsibility of providing strategic leadership for the general administration and implementation of all LWF interventions in Sierra Leone. As the National Programme Coordinator, he had the opportunity to work with several donors including; Norwagian Church Aid, Finn Church Aid; Lutheran World Relief, EU, UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, FAO, NaCSA, etc. He was able to mobilize resources running into millions of United States Dollars both in-kind and in-cash to support relief and development Programs in Sierra Leone which impacted positively on the lives of the poor and vulnerable groups and communities.
Ambassador Suale has served as a Development Consultant providing consultancy services to various organizations at both local and international levels including World Vision Sierra Leone, National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA), Finnish Refugee Council (FRC), Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Natural Resources Institute (NRI) UK and Platform for African-European Partnership for Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD). He also provided consulting services also to the Ministries of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), and Technical and Higher Education (MTHE).
He is currently the Program Director for the Network of European Experts Chamber – West Africa Department/RCEEDAO. RCEEDAO is a diplomatic and humanitarian mission and its headquarters are in Brussels. It is operating in over eighty (80) different countries worldwide.
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