The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara, has (3rd November, 2017), received a two-man delegation comprising Her Excellency Monica Nashandi, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Namibia to the African Union representing the Permanent Representatives Committee’s (PRC) Sub-Committee on Special Emergency Assistance Fund (SEAF) and Madam Rahol Mosfin, from the Department of Political Affairs, in the Directors conference room, Tower Hill, Freetown.

Her Excellency Monica Nashandi said, their mission was to reaffirm the solidarity of the African Union with the Republic of Sierra Leone with specific focus on the Post Ebola situation in the country as well as the national recovery and resilience building efforts following the recent mudslide disaster. The AU mission she stated, has made courtesy calls and held several meetings with MDAs, UN Agencies, INGOs and other humanitarian partners to assess the achievements thus far; the challenges and to map the way forward in providing the necessary support to avoid human sufferings and mitigate other fallouts from any disasters befalling African Union member states.

The AU envoy lauded the effort of Government for the structures put in place in managing the Ebola scourge and the mudslide disaster in the country noting that their field trip in Port Loko district and interaction with stakeholders, manifest government’s preparedness for disaster management in the country. ‘The findings of this sub-committee on Special Emergency Assistance Fund will be submitted to the AU Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC)’, she concluded.

Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara in his welcome statement expressed thanks and appreciation to the AU SEAF Mission to Sierra Leone noting that the need for the assessment is significant to both the AU and the country in particular. The Foreign

Minister maintained that the report on findings of this assessment would enhance the country’s preparedness in term of disaster management.

Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara lauded the AU Commission for their financial support and the deployment of medical experts in the country during the Ebola Outbreak through OSEOWA to assist in curbing the spread of the virus.  

Present were: the Minister of State I, Dr. Mohamed Gibril Sesay, Director General and Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Assistant Director General for Policy and Technical Cooperation, Directors of various Divisions and Heads of Sections of the Ministry.

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