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Newly accredited Ghanaian Ambassador to Ethiopia, His Excellency Albert Yankey on Monday 5th February 2013 officially sought the blessing of the Government of Sierra Leone for the latter to support the candidature of Mr. Alan John Kyerematen for the position of Director General of the World Trade Organization or WTO. (Photo: Ambassador Bangali and the Ghanian Envoy)
Mr. Kyerematen, erstwhile Minister of Trade and Industry of Ghana is Africa’s candidate for the WTO top job
Mr. Yankey made the appeal when he paid a courtesy call on Ambassador Andrew Bangali, Sierra Leone’s emissary to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
He said that he has been instructed by his Foreign Minister to approach friendly countries and interface with them to throw their weight behind Mr. Kyerematen.
“I am appealing to you to use your good offices so that Sierra Leone will support the candidature of Mr. Alan Kyerematen,” the Ghanaian Ambassador requested.
He noted that he will be consulting with Ambassador Bangali on issues relating to the African Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
Earlier, His Excellency Andrew Bangali, Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia said that work is sometimes challenging here thus describing Ethiopia as the hub of international diplomacy in Africa.
He noted that he considered his appointment as an opportunity because of the strategic nature of the Addis Ababa Mission.
Ambassador Bangali opined that there is a new team now at the Commission headed by a new Chairperson and four new Commissioners, adding that it will be a learning process for them.
He assured his colleague of Sierra Leone’s unwavering support for Mr. Kyerematen stating that as 2nd Vice Chair of the Ministerial Committee on Candidatures in International Organizations, Sierra Leone always supports candidates that are endorsed by the afore-mentioned Committee.
Ambassador Bangali also briefed him on the workings of the Commission viz a viz the operations of the Permanent Representatives’ Sub- Committees.
Mr. Yankey indicated that before he was assigned to Ethiopia, he had served as Ghana’s Deputy Ambassador to Ivory Coast.
The meeting was also attended by Mr. Francis Edward Kandeh, Counsellor and Head of Chancery in the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Addis Ababa.
On the same day, Ambassador Bangali also participated in the Permanent Representatives’ Sub- Committee meeting on Multilateral Cooperation to discuss preparations ahead of the 3rd Africa-South America (ASA) Summit which will be held in Equatorial Guinea from the 20th to 23rd February 2013.
He used the meeting to formally congratulate the new Chairperson of the Permanent Representatives’ Committee and Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the African Union Commission, Madam Kongit Sinegiorgis after she assumed the position.
In attendance at the ASA meeting were: Sierra Leone’s Deputy Chief of Mission to Ethiopia, Mr. Amadu Koroma; Mrs. Juliana Fallah and Mr. Christopher Bockarie, First and Second Secretaries respectively in the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Addis Ababa.
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