Light House Chapel International Church in Ghana donates over 200 bales of used clothing to Mudslide & Flood Victims

The Light House Chapel International Church of the Republic of Ghana through the Sierra Leone High Commission in Ghana, has presented a truck load of 226 bales of used clothing and 20 mattresses to the office of National Security (ONS) at their Tower Hill headquarters in Freetown.

Delivering the items for and on behalf of the benefactors and the Sierra Leone High Commission in Ghana, the Deputy Director General for operations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Paul A. S. Minah said, the outcome of the August 14 mudslide and floods came as a shock to the people of Ghana, particularly the number of lives lost and value of property destroyed. It is against this backdrop, Mr. Minah said, that the Light House Chapel International Church pioneered and facilitated the transportation of the 226 bales of used clothing and 20 mattresses, donated by churches, mosques, pharmaceuticals, companies and other institutions and individuals of Ghanaian and foreign nationalities. He further added that the donation demonstrates their sympathy and empathy for families that lost dear ones, and also survivors. The Deputy Director General for operations on behalf of the donors, the pioneers and people of the Republic of Ghana extended condolence and sympathy to all affected families.

Receiving the items on behalf of the National Coordinator of ONS, the Director of Disaster Management, ONS, Mr. John V. Rogers, expressed thanks and appreciation to the Light House Chapel International Church and the people of Ghana for their benevolent donation. Mr. Rogers maintained that ONS would take custody of the items, which he promised would be utilized by the targeted beneficiaries. He also expressed thanks and appreciation to the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for facilitating the delivery process of the donated items.

The Deputy Director General for Operations, Mr. Paul Minah was accompanied by the Director for Economic and Technical Cooperation (ECOTEC), Mr. Obai Taylor-Kamara.

The Secretary of State for Scotland pays a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

The Secretary of State for Scotland, the Rt. Honourable David Mundell, has paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara at his Tower Hill office in Freetown.

According to the Rt. Hon. David Mundell, his visit to Sierra Leone is to enhance and deepen the existing partnership and bilateral relations between Scotland and the Republic of Sierra Leone. The Scottish Secretary of State extended fraternal salutations from the Government and people of Scotland to the Government and people of Sierra Leone. He also extended sympathy and condolences to bereaved families, victims and survivors of the Ebola scourge and the August 14 mudslide and flood disaster in the country.

The Rt. Hon. David Mundell underscored his Government’s continuous assistance and support to Sierra Leone.

Dr. Samura Kamara welcomed the Secretary of State for Scotland to Sierra Leone and assured him of the full support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs both at bilateral and multilateral levels.

Some of the issues discussed during the meeting focused on strengthening and deepening bilateral relations, the electoral cycle, as well as the people to people relations between Scotland and Sierra Leone.

Present at the ceremony were: the Minister of State I, Dr. Mohamed Gibril Sesay; the British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Guy Warrington; the Head of Political, Press and Public Affairs, Justin Addison; the Deputy Director General for Operations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; and the Director of Protocol of the Ministry.

Youths are with me at the tables of leadership in Sierra Leone’… Says Dr. Samura Kamara

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara has told over 300 granduands that young people are the most-valued assets for human and intellectual capital formation and are critical in developing the knowledge, information and skills base required for the socio-economic and political development of the country.
Delivering his keynote address during the fourth graduation ceremony of the Obasanjo Skills Acquisition and Transformation College in Newton, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation underscored the significant role of his Ministry in the establishment of the college through South-South Cooperation. The college, Dr. Samura Kamara disclosed, was constructed by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the NILISA (Nigeria, Libya, and South Africa) South-South Cooperation programme in response to an appeal by the Government of Sierra Leone for international support to the youth employment scheme. ‘The assistance was geared towards training young people in various technical skills as a means of enhancing youth employability’, Dr. Samura Kamara added.
The Foreign Minister affirmed his commitment to build upon the promise of youth employability, noting that the youth shall be the pillars of their continuation in governance. ‘Your employability shall be my major concern, and youths shall continue to be in leadership position in all sectors. This is my vow to youths; this is my vow to the nation. There is no turning back. Together with the youth, we will expand upon the great foundation President Koroma has laid’, Dr. Samura Kamara asserted.
The Foreign Minister congratulated the graduands for their lifelong achievement and thanked the Minister of Youth Affairs, the National Youth Commission and the Management and Staff of the College for inviting him as guest speaker.
Statements were also made by the Principal of the Obasanjo Skill College, Alhaji S. Fofanah, the High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Habiss Ibrahim Ugbada, the UNDP Representative, The Chairman, National Youth Commission, Umar Faruk Sesay; Honorable Claude Kamanda of Constituency 095 and the Minister of Youth Affairs, Mr. Bai Mmoud Bangura.
The award of certificates, official launching of the Bai Mamoud amphitheater and the crowning of several distinguished personalities including Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara, as Youth Ambassadors climaxed the graduation ceremony.

Ambassador of Lebanon takes formal leave of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

His Excellency Nidal Yahya, Ambassador of the Republic of Lebanon to Sierra Leone resident in Freetown, has taken formal leave of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara, at the Ministry’s office, Tower Hill, Freetown.

In his farewell statement to the Minister and Senior Management staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, His Excellency Nidal Yahya, on behalf of the Government of Lebanon and the Lebanese community in Sierra Leone conveyed sincere gratitude to the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for taking good care of the Lebanese nationals and in granting Sierra Leone citizenship to more than 650 Lebanese families during his Presidency. Ambassador Yahya also thanked the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the warm reception given to all Lebanese personalities and nationals and respect for the vast legacy of the Lebanese community.

The Lebanese Ambassador said Sierra Leone and Lebanon have experienced over 100 years of Lebanese migration to the country. The Lebanese community in Sierra Leone, he said, has been integrated into the Sierra Leone society through inter-marriages, social interactions, sports, cultural fusion as well as economic activities. The Embassy of Lebanon, Ambassador Nidal Yahya disclosed, was among the first five Foreign Embassies established in Sierra Leone since independence. ‘I have gained wealth of experience during my tour of duty in Sierra Leone and I am proud that I have contributed immensely to strengthening the existing bilateral relations between Lebanon and Sierra Leone. I have confidence that the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone would in the near future take the decision to open an Embassy in Beirut, Ambassador Yahya concluded.

Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara, on behalf of Government and the people of the Republic of Sierra Leone, thanked the outgoing Ambassador for enduring his mission in Sierra Leone. He described the bilateral relations between Lebanon and Sierra Leone as very cordial underscoring that this partnership has promoted the unique peaceful co-existence between the people of Sierra Leone and the Lebanese community.  Ambassador Nidal Yahya, Dr. Samura Kamara said, would be remembered for the pivotal role he played during the Ebola crisis in the country and for further strengthening the bilateral relations between the two nations. ‘Please extend my regards to the Foreign Affairs Minister of Lebanon’, Dr. Samura Kamara, concluded.

Present were: the Director General and Ambassador-at-Large, Deputy Director General for Operations 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.

EU Election Exploratory Mission meets Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

The European Union Election Exploratory Mission to Sierra Leone led by Head of European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone, H.E. Tom Vens has paid a working visit to the Minister, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara and Senior Management Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, at the Ministry’s office in Tower Hill, Freetown.
Ambassador Tom Vens stated that the EU Election Exploratory Mission is in Sierra Leone following an invitation by the Government of Sierra Leone for EU Electoral assistance, and to further discuss the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in facilitating EU Observer Mission for the March 2018 elections in the country. The EU Election Exploratory Mission as part of its mandate is in the country to draft and finalise the MOU with the Government of Sierra Leone through the Foreign Ministry.
The Team Leader, who also double as the Election Desk Officer for Democracy and Electoral Observation, Concha Farnandez De La Puente, maintained that the EU has been observing the electoral processes in Sierra Leone since 2002. The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) she said, comprise various technical experts, whose mandate is to assess the electoral climate and processes, to ascertain the degree to which the national laws support or inhibit compliance with international standards for elections. ‘The outcome of our findings will lead to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Sierra Leone before the deployment of EU Observer Mission in the country.
Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara, on behalf of Government and the people of the Republic of Sierra Leone, welcomed the EU Election Exploratory Mission while underscoring the long bilateral relations between Sierra Leone and the EU.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation emphasised the need to have an EU observer mission in the country, noting that the assessment could be a valuable tool for other observers, through the networks of international observers. The Minister called on the EU to step up partnership with Sierra Leone through resource mobilization both local, and internationally with a view to strengthening the bilateral cooperation and partnerships between the two partners. He appealed for more support for the country in the spirit of graduating from the present situation following some external shocks resulting to an economic down turn making the country more donor dependent. The Minister assured that stability will be maintained by the government throughout the electoral cycle.
Present were: the Director General and Ambassador-at-Large, Deputy Director General for Operations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Assistant Deputy Director General for Policy and Technical Cooperation, Directors of various Divisions and Heads of Sections of the Ministry.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, receives copies of letters of credence from Four Ambassadors/High Commissioner Designate to the Republic of Sierra Leone

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara, has today (4th October 2017), received the Ambassador designate of the Republic of Liberia with Residence in Freetown, Mrs. Musu Jatu Ruhle; the High Commissioner designate of the Republic of India to the Republic of Sierra Leone with residence in Accra, Ghana, Mr. Berinda Singh Yadav; the Ambassador designate of the Republic of Hungary to the Republic of Sierra Leone with residence in Accra, Ghana, Mr. Andras Szabo; and the Ambassador designate of the Republic of Vietnam with residence in Abuja, Nigeria, Mr. Pham Anh Tuan; in a ceremony held in the Directors’ conference hall, Tower Hill, Freetown.

The Four Ambassadors/High Commissioner Designate presented copies of their letters of credence separately, in accordance with traditional and diplomatic practice.

In their brief statements before presenting their respective letters of credence to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ambassadors/High Commissioner Designate paid special tribute to the Government, families of victims of the Ebola scourge and the recent mudslide and floods disaster on August 14 in Freetown and its environs. The Foreign envoys also discussed several issues aimed at enhancing the bilateral and multilateral relations with the Republic of Sierra Leone   and further emphasised the need to cooperate on issues of common interest, particularly on political and economic interests.

The Foreign envoys thanked the Minister and staff for the reception accorded them and underlined their interest and full availability for further engagements in broadening and scaling up cooperation in areas such as agriculture, sports, education, energy, and trade.

Welcoming the four foreign envoys designate to Sierra Leone, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara, wished them success in executing their mandates. He assured them of the full support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs both at bilateral and multilateral levels.

Dr. Samura M.W Kamara extended profound thanks and appreciation, through the Ambassadors to their respective Governments for the show of solidarity and warm support during the Ebola scourge and the recent mudslide and flood disaster in Freetown and its environs.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation highlighted some of the bilateral achievements and or mutual benefits between Sierra Leone, Liberia, India, Vietnam and Hungary in the areas of education, sports, health, agriculture, solar energy, among others. ‘I am very optimistic that there are still several ways to continue to build upon these relationships especially in the area of trade and investment’ Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara Concluded.

The four Ambassadors/High Commissioner Designate will present their letters of credence to His Excellency the President at State House on Thursday, 5th September 2017 and Friday 6th September 2017.

Present at the ceremony were: the Director General and Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Deputy Director General for Policy, the Assistant Deputy Director General for Policy and Technical Cooperation, Directors of various Divisions and Heads of Sections of the Ministry.

Vatican Ambassador to Sierra Leone takes formal leave of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Apostolic Nuncio (Vatican Ambassador) to Sierra Leone with residence in Monrovia, Liberia, His Excellency Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk, accompanied by the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Sierra Leone, has taken formal leave of the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara at the Ministry’s Tower Hill Office, Freetown.

His Excellency Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk on behalf of the Holy Sea (Pope), extended sincere condolences and solidarity to the Government and people of Sierra Leone following the Ebola scourge, the recent floods and mudslide disaster in the country. The Apostolic Nuncio expressed gratitude for the bilateral cooperation between Sierra Leone and the Vatican. ‘My principal function was to strengthen and deepen the bilateral relations between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Holy Sea; and to foster close relations with the conference of Bishops by offering assistance in various ways’, His Excellency Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk added.

The Apostolic Nuncio outlined some of the tremendous contributions of the Catholic Church in Sierra Leone, particularly in the areas of education, health and other social services, which are clear testimonies of the invaluable service of the Catholic Church in the country. He prayed for lasting peace and a peaceful conduct of the forthcoming general elections in the country.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara expressed profound thanks and appreciation for the numerous contributions of the Catholic Community toward national cohesion and social development, including the consoling messages during trying moments in the country. ‘The spirit of the local community being together is our hope’, he added. Dr. Samura Kamara extended felicitations to His Holiness, Pope Francis, and assured the Catholic Nuncio of his Ministry’s support to the Catholic Church in Sierra Leone.

It could be recalled that HE Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk was appointed on the 21st September 2013 as the Apostolic Nuncio to the Republic of Sierra Leone (with residence in Monrovia); and successfully presented his letters of credence to His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on the 13th February 2014.

Present at the ceremony were: the Archbishop of Freetown, Rev. Dr. Edward Tamba Charles; the Auxiliary Bishop of Kenema, Rev. Henry Aruna; the Apostolic Administrator of Makeni, Bishop Natale Paganelli, the Secretary of the Nunciature, Fr. Giovanni Bicchierri; Secretary to the Archbishop, Rev. Fr. Joseph D. Miller; the Acting Director General, Dr. Michael S. Kargbo and Directors of various Divisions and Heads of Sections of the Ministry.

TAC Director visits Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

The Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Resources for the Directorate of Technical Aid Corps (DTAC) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ambassador Haruna Ginsau, has paid a courtesy call to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara at the Ministry’s Tower Hill office, Freetown.

The purpose of the visit is to assess and review the progress of the Nigerian Volunteer Corps with a view to determine the technical aid needs, and to further deepen and broaden the bilateral cooperation with the Government of Sierra Leone.

Giving a brief background of the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps, Amb. Haruna Ginsau said, the TAC was established in 1987 to share Nigeria’s know-how or expertise with other African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. The TAC, he maintained, is presently assisting in a mutually beneficial way 35 African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries. Sierra Leone is one of the beneficiaries. He also stated that the ultimate goal of the programme is to breach the manpower gap in key sectors of the recipient countries. ‘The TAC gives assistance on the basis of the assessed and perceived needs of the recipient countries; promotes cooperation and understanding between Nigeria and the recipient countries; and facilitates meaningful contacts between the youths of Nigeria and those of the recipient countries’, the Director added. He further ascertained that to date, the TAC has deployed about 15 medical personnel working in various medical establishments across the country.

Amb. Haruna Ginsau highlighted key responsibilities of the TAC to the volunteers that include: monthly allowances, airfare (to-fro), and settlement allowances. The recipient country, he said, should be responsible for providing a modest accommodation, pay utility bills (electricity), transportation (from place of residence to place of work), and free medical. ‘The team would meet with other MDAs in Sierra Leone to identify key areas for intervention and cooperation’, he concluded.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara on behalf of His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, the Government and people of Sierra Leone, welcomed the Ambassador and delegation from DTAC, noting the significance and timeliness of the visit. Dr Samura Kamara lauded Nigeria’s cordial relations with Sierra Leone, particularly as a major contributor of troops during the civil war and Nigeria’s role in the formation of ECOWAS.

The Foreign Minister underscored the significance of the TAC volunteer scheme which could be institutionalised at multilateral level within ECOWAS and the African Union. The technical assistance of the TAC on education, he said, should be extended to children with special needs in the country. He assured the delegation of his Ministry’s commitment to work with the Nigerian DTAC in enhancing their scheme in Sierra Leone.

Present at the ceremony were: the Director of Programmes –DTAC, Mr. Jinoh Oduniyi; the Deputy Director General for Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Assistant Deputy Director General for Policy, Directors of various Divisions and Heads of Sections of the Ministry.

The Ambassador Designate of the United States of America to the Republic of Sierra Leone presents copies of letters of credence.

The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Mohamed Gibril Sesay, has today (19th September 2017), received the Ambassador designate of the United States of America to the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Maria Brewer in a ceremony held in the Ministry’s conference hall, Tower Hill, Freetown.

Dr. Mohamed Gibril Sesay, for and on behalf of His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, the Government and people of Sierra Leone, heartily welcomed the US Ambassador designate to Sierra Leone and wished her success in executing her mandate. He assured her of the full support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs both at bilateral and multilateral levels.

The Acting Minister described the Ambassador designate’s appointment and assumption of office as timely, given the numerous challenges the country has undergone from the civil war, the Ebola scourge and the recent August 14 mudslide and flood disaster in Freetown and its environs. These challenges, the Acting Foreign Minister maintained, have diverse effects on the socio-economic development of the country. The Government he said, is currently focused on improving the livelihood and economic situation in the country.

Dr. Gibril Sesay lauded the numerous assistance and support the USA has offered to Sierra Leone, particularly in enhancing not only the diplomatic relations, but also in the promotion of democracy, good governance, human rights, agriculture and food security through USAID.

The Ambassador designate of the United States of America, Mrs.  Maria Brewer thanked the Acting Minister and staff for the warm reception accorded her and entourage. ‘I am honored that President Donald Trump has appointed me, with the consent of the United States Senate, to represent him and the government and people of the United States of America in your country’, the US Ambassador designate stated.

The US Ambassador designate said, ‘I look forward to frequent, cordial and frank discussions with the government of Sierra Leone, so that together they can achieve their shared goals and uphold their common values.  Please be assured that we share deeply the same interest in having Sierra Leone be an ever more peaceful, secure, democratic and prosperous member of the community of nations’, Ambassador Maria Brewer concluded.

Present at the ceremony were: the Minister of State II, Hon. Isata Kabia; the Acting Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; the Deputy Director General for Policy; Directors of various Divisions and Heads of Sections of the Ministry.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, receives copies of letters of credence from Foreign Envoys.

On 5th September 2017, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara, received two Ambassadors designate: Republic of The Gambia, Mr. Femi Peters and Mr. Tom Vens, Head of Delegation European Union in a ceremony held in the Ministry’s conference hall, Tower Hill Freetown.
Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara welcomed the two designated Heads of Mission to Sierra Leone and wished them success in executing their mandate. He assured them of the full support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs both at bilateral and multilateral levels.
Dr. Samura M.W Kamara extended profound thanks and appreciation to the Ambassadors designate for their support and assistance following the August 14 mudslide and flood in Freetown and its environs, noting that this was a testimony of excellent friendship and bilateral ties.
Some issues on the current global agenda were discussed within the perspectives of bilateral and multilateral relations, underlining the common interest in developing political, cultural and economic relations, as well as the interpersonal relations between The Gambia, The EU and Sierra Leone.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation lauded the contribution of the EU in enhancing infrastructural development to promote the educational advancement of the country. The European Union he said, has also expanded its financial and technical support through the country’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Dr. Samura Kamara called on the EU for continued support to mitigating and addressing serious climate issues and providing technical assistance to vulnerable communities in slum areas.
The Foreign envoys thanked the Minister and staff for the warm reception accorded them and underlined their interest in intensifying collaboration in tackling issues such as migration, money laundering and human trafficking; establishing cooperation in priority areas such as agriculture, trade and investment.
The two Ambassadors Designate presented copies of their letters of credence separately, in accordance with traditional and diplomatic practice. The two Ambassadors designate will present their letters of credence to His Excellency the President at State House later this month. Present at the ceremony were the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Deputy Directors General, Directors of various Divisions and Heads of Sections of the Ministry.