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JB Dauda attends African Union Executive Council meeting

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Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Joseph Bandabla Dauda (in photo) is attending the Twenty-First Ordinary Session of the African Union’s Executive Council meeting with his peers which is currently underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The meeting which commenced today (12th July, 2012) will end on 13th July and it is taking place at the new African Union Conference Centre.

This year’s African Union Summit is themed: “Boosting Intra-African Trade”.

The Executive Council is composed of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Member States of the African Union and they meet at least twice a year in ordinary session.  The Executive Council also meets in an extra-ordinary session at the request of any Member State and upon approval by two-thirds of all Member States.

For the next two-days, the Foreign Ministers will exchange views and discuss the report of the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) which was adopted yesterday for onward submission to the AU Heads of State and Government.

The Executive Council will further look into reports of some AU Organs including the Pan-African Parliament (PAP); the African Committee of the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC); the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the Union (ECOSOCC); the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption; and the African Union Commission on International Law (AUCIL), before embarking on the consideration of items proposed by Member States.

One of the high moments during this year’s AU Summit is the Commission’s upcoming elections for the positions of Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Commissioners which many people believe is going to be keenly contested.

Dr. Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma, erstwhile South Africa’s Foreign Affairs and Health Minister and current Minister of Home Affairs will be contesting against the incumbent Chairperson, Dr. Jean Ping who is seeking a second term of office.

The meeting was also attended by Sierra Leone’s multi-accredited Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, His Excellency Mr. Andrew Gbebay Bangali; Mr. Amadu Koroma, Deputy Chief of Mission; Mr. Unisa Kamara, Director, Africa Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Mrs. Juliana Hawa Fallah and Mr. Christopher Bockarie; First and Second Sectaries respectively in the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Addis Ababa.

l-r Ambassador Andrew Bangali and Hon.J B Dauda

Meanwhile, on Thursday 12th July 2012, Hon.  JB Dauda held a bilateral meeting with the People’s Republic of China Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Zhang Ming.

Hon. Ming pointed out that he is looking forward to receiving Minister Dauda during the forthcoming 5th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) which is slated to take place in Beijing, China.

He said that the meeting will serve as a new mile stone in the bilateral relations between China and Africa for the next three years, adding that Sierra Leone is a very important FOCAC member.

Responding, Hon. Dauda noted that the bilateral relationship between Sierra Leone and China spans over four decades and it has been characterized by developmental programmes.

He thanked the Chinese Government for building the new Ministry of Foreign Affairs complex in Freetown.

The duo also exchanged views on the Ezulwini Consensus in connection with the activities of the Committee of 10 Heads of State on the United Nations Security Council Reform which His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma continues to be the Coordinator.

Also on Wednesday 12th July, Hon.  JB Dauda held another bilateral meeting with a delegation from the Italian Government during which issues dealing with cooperation between the two countries were discussed.

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