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Hon. Joseph Bandabla Dauda, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is leading the country’s delegation to the 19th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union which is taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 15th to 16th July 2012. (Photo: l-r Hon. J B Dauda and Ambassador Bangali0)
The Assembly which is composed of Heads of State and Government or their duly accredited representatives, meets twice a year in ordinary session.
The Foreign Minister will attend and fully represent His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma during the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of Member States.
President Koroma is not attending this year’s Summit which is holding under the theme: “Boosting Intra-African Trade” because he is mourning the death of his late mother, Mrs. Alice Rosaline Koroma.
This is the second time that Hon. Dauda is leading Sierra Leone’s delegation to an African Union Summit. The first time was the January 2011 Summit when President Koroma was part of a delegation of three ECOWAS Heads of State who briefed the United Nations Security Council on the then political standoff in Ivory Coast as a result of the 2010 post election violence in that country.
The AU Heads of State and Government will consider the recommendations of the Executive Council on the report of the Commission on the implementation of previous Decisions of the Executive Council and the Assembly; the report of the Peace and Security Council on its activities and the state of peace and security in Africa, including the activities of the Panel of the Wise; the report of His Excellency Mr. Meles Zenawi, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee; and that on Africa’s preparation for the Climate Change Negotiations in his capacity as Coordinator of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change.
The Presidents and Heads of Delegations will also exchange views on the report of His Excellency Mr. Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic of Congo and Africa’s Coordinator on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20).
They will further discuss the report of His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and Coordinator of the Committee of Ten Heads of State on the United Nations Security Reform which will be presented by Hon. JB Dauda.
The Summit was officially declared open by the President of Benin and Chairman of the African Union, His Excellency Dr. Thomas Yayi Boni.
Other members of the Minister’s delegation included: Ambassador Andrew Gbebay Bangali, Sierra Leone’s Envoy to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union; Mr. Amadu Koroma, Deputy Head of Mission; Mr. Unisa Kamara, Director, Africa Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Mr. Francis Kandeh, Counsellor and Head of Chancery; Mrs. Juliana Fallah, First Secretary; Mr. Amos Coker, Financial Attaché; and Mr. Christopher Bockaire, Second Secretary in the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Addis Ababa.
Meanwhile, on Saturday 14th July Hon. JB Dauda presented the Eleventh Report of the Committee of Ten (C-10) on the United Nations Security Reform to the C-10 Foreign Ministers for consideration and adoption before the Report will be presented to the Assembly of Heads of States.
After presenting the Report, Minister Dauda received a standing ovation from the Libyan, Kenyan, Algerian, Namibian and Ugandan delegations for the lucid, coherent and comprehensive Report presented.
All the delegations spoke with one voice in support of the Report being presented to the Heads of State after the lauded work done by the Sierra Leonean delegation.
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