FOREIGN ENVOYS PAY COURTESY CALL ON THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

With a view to enhancing and deepening the existing partnerships and bilateral relations between their respective countries and the government and people of Sierra Leone, eight foreign envoys including the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Amb. Guy Warrington; the Ambassador of the Republic of the Gambia, Ambassador Femi Peters; the Honourary Consul of the Republic of Serbia and Dean of the Consular Corps, Dr. Adonis Aboud; the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Habiss Ibrahim Ugbada; the Ambassador of Republic of Liberia, Amb. Musu Jatu Ruhle; the Ambassador of the Republic of Lebanon, Amb. Brigitta Al Ojeil; the Honourary Consul of the Republic of Malaysia, Khalil Lakiss; the Honourary Consul of the Republic of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan; and the Charge D’ Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Nadali Heydari, have paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Kaifala Marah at his Tower Hill office in Freetown.

The foreign envoys, during their separate meetings with Dr. Kaifala Marah, discussed several issues aimed at enhancing the existing bilateral relations and furthering cooperation on multilateral issues with the Republic of Sierra Leone. They further emphasised the need to cooperate on issues of common interest, particularly on the current spate of migration affecting developing nations such as Sierra Leone, and economic development. They underscored the significance of broadening their engagements and scaling up cooperation in areas such as Agriculture, education and Good Governance. The current electoral climate and cycle in the country was also discussed within the context of bilateral relations, underlining the common interests in developing political, cultural and economic relations as well as the interpersonal relations between the eight countries and Sierra Leone.

The foreign envoys further underscored their governments’ commitment to continue to provide assistance and support to Sierra Leone. They concluded by extending fraternal salutations and congratulatory messages from the government and people of their respective countries to the government and people of Sierra Leone.

Dr. Kaifala Marah welcomed the foreign envoys to the Ministry and assured them of the full support and cooperation of the Ministry both at bilateral and multilateral levels. The Minster also assured the foreign envoys of government’s commitment in ensuring a free, fair and credible election on March 7, this year. He lauded the support of the various countries that have in diverse ways made financial and material contributions since the commencement of the electoral cycle.

Present at the meeting were: the Director General and Ambassador-at-Large, the Deputy Director General for policy and operations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the Deputy Director of Protocol of the Ministry.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation attends Migration Meeting in Rabat

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. Kaifala Marah has joined other African Foreign Ministers in Rabat, Morocco to participate in a meeting convened to discuss issues affecting Africa with regards to Migration within and out of the continent.

The Committee on Migration Issues in Africa was set up during the 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) in June 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Heads of State and Government Committee on Migration is headed by the King of Morocco, His Majesty Mohammed VI.

The meeting of all African Ministers of Foreign Affairs started on Monday 8 January and would end on Tuesday 9 January 2018. The African Foreign Ministers are expected to make meaningful contributions or input to enrich the preliminary draft of the African Agenda on Migration, which will be presented to the Assembly of the AU during the January, 2018 Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Kaifala Marah, his decision to participate in this all important meeting is to contribute to the ongoing discussions on migration with a view to reaching sustainable solutions to the issue, which has been making its way steadily to the top of the continental and international agenda. This agenda, he maintained, calls for the urgent attention of governments, whatever the nature of their involvement or interest, in the management of the migratory processes. ‘‘There is  need for a comprehensive and balanced approach to migration taking into account migration realities and trends as well as linkages between migration and other key economic, social, political and humanitarian issues-Sierra Leone not being an exemption’’, he concluded.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation was accompanied by the Director of the Economic and Technical Cooperation Division of the Ministry, Mr. Obai Taylor-Kamara.

 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation presents AWOL Awards to outgone Minister

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. Kaifala Marah has presented the All Walks Of Life (AWOL) prestigious award of ‘Best Ministry of the Year 2017’  to the outgone Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara at a press conference held at the Ministry’s conference Hall, Tower Hill, Freetown.

In his brief statement before officially handing over the award to the outgone Minister, Dr. Marah gave a brief overview of the introduction of performance contracts in 2014 by His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma that set in motion the process of enhancing and operational mandates in various MDAs. It is against this background that the Ministry was among the five best performing Ministries based on the outcome of the Ministry’s Performance Contract Assessment Report for 2016/17 (Performance Tracking Table – PTT) in the country. Dr. Kaifala Marah lauded the relentless efforts of Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara, during whose tenure the Ministry developed and articulated, for the first time ever, a comprehensive strategy to guide and re-invigorate the national approach to foreign policy and international cooperation in a rapidly changing global environment. ‘The selection of the Ministry for the National Achievements Awards 2017 as the ‘Best Ministry’ clearly manifests the dynamic and professional leadership demonstrated by Dr. Samaura M.W. Kamara, Dr. Marah added. ‘I therefore have the honour to officially dedicate the AWOL 2017 Best Ministry trophy to you in recognition of your strong leadership’, Dr. Marah concluded.

In his acceptance statement upon receipt of the ‘Best Ministry Award 2017’, the outgone Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and now the APC Presidential candidate, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara stated that he was incredibly honoured to accept the award on behalf of the hard-working and dedicated men and women of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. ‘I am extremely grateful for this extraordinary recognition’, he added.

Dr. Samura Kamara maintained that during his tenure, he endeavoured to introduce reforms in the Ministry through the establishment of Embassies and Consulates abroad in strategic geographical locations to promote Sierra Leone’s interest which subsequently makes our country a force to reckon with in the international community.

The approach to achieve the Ministry’s mandate, he reiterated, was the introduction of the Sierra Leone Foreign Service Transformation Strategy 2014-2018 (SLFSTS). This strategy shifted our focus on the traditional diplomatic practice and also scaled up economic diplomacy, which puts poverty and human development at the heart of the Government of Sierra Leone’s agenda for international cooperation and engagement.

‘‘Although within my tenure the Ministry encountered several shortcomings, however, with the support of the professional staff of the Ministry we were able to overcome these challenges’’, he added. Dr. Samura Kamara furthered that the human resource base of the Ministry has increased not only in numbers but with specialized personnel who can deal with the exigencies of diplomacy through the use of modern technological facilities.

He called on the staff of the Ministry at headquarters and abroad to continue to work together, to nurture and support each other.

Concluding, Dr. Samura Kamara implored his successor, Dr. Kaifala Marah and staff to build on these achievements; be innovative in managing Sierra Leone’s external relations, actively seek new ideas, and open up new prospects for Sierra Leone’s Diplomatic and International Cooperation. He dedicated the award to the Senior Management and Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and their diplomatic partners.

The welcome statement was delivered by the Director General and Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ambassador Khadijatu Basirr, and the vote of thanks was delivered by the Deputy Director General for Policy, Dr. Michael Kargbo.

Questions and answers by journalists present formed part of the ceremony.

FOREIGN ENVOYS PAY COURTESY CALL ON THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

Five Foreign Envoys including the Head of Delegation of the European Union, Amb. Tom Vens; the Honourary Consul of the Arab Republic of Syria, Hussein Jawad; Charge D’ Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Nadali Heydari; Charge D’ Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Xinming; and the Honourary Consul of India, Harish Agnani; have paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Kaifala Marah at his Tower Hill office in Freetown.

According to the foreign envoys during their separate meetings with the Minister, their visit to the newly appointed Minister is to enhance and deepen the existing partnerships and bilateral relations between their respective countries and the Republic of Sierra Leone. They extended fraternal salutations and congratulatory messages from their Government and people of their respectively countries to the Government and people of Sierra Leone.

The foreign envoys underscored their Governments’ continuous assistance and support to Sierra Leone. The current electoral climate in the country was discussed within the perspectives of bilateral and multilateral relations, underlining the common interests in developing political, cultural and economic relations, as well as the interpersonal relations between the EU, the Arab Republic of Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the People’s Republic of China, India and Sierra Leone.

Dr. Kaifala Marah welcomed the foreign envoys to the Ministry and assured them of the full support of the Ministry both at bilateral and multilateral levels.

Present at the ceremony were: the Director General and Ambassador-at-Large, the Deputy Director General for policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the Deputy Director of Protocol of the Ministry.