A three-day induction for over 35 newly appointed High Commissioners, Ambassadors and Financial Attachés has ended (Saturday, 25 August, 2018) with a certification ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Conference Hall, Tower Hill, Freetown.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba, has said at a China Night farewell party for Chinese Government Scholarship recipients at the Bintumani Hotel conference hall, that the allocation of this year’s scholarships, coincides with President Bio’s ‘New Direction’ flagship agenda on Education.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba, has said, that the New Direction flagship on education coincides with one of Peace Corps Sectors of operation – Education and that the Peace Corp volunteers serve as a platform to help enhance the President’s initiative on free Basic Education in the country.
Following the official announcement of the death of the seventh UN Secretary-General (from 1997 to 2006) Kofi Atta Annan on August 18 this year, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. Alie Kabba accompanied by the Deputy Minister, Mrs. Nimatulai Bah-Chang, has signed the book of Condolence at the Ghana High Commission, Spur Road, Freetown.
In a solemn mood, Dr. Alie Kabba, lamented that, the late diplomat from the West African country of Ghana is considered a President wherever he is right now as he was on the world stage carrying himself to the full weight of Africa, and that is why all Africa is mourning today.
The Minister informed that the Republic of Sierra Leone is mourning together with Ghana, and assured that the country will continue to cooperate with Ghana as they have always been as brothers working through history with a shared vision.
“What he has done is to leave us with legacy, a legacy that will inspire us all and generation to come, so, I want the people of Ghana to know that they are not alone in this very difficult moment, the whole of Sierra Leone is with them as our brothers and sisters’, Dr. Kabba said. ‘Ghana, please keep the faith and may his soul rest in Perfect peace’. He concluded.
The Ghanaian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, with Residence in Freetown, His Excellency, Francis Abakah, disclosed that discussions are ongoing by family members to confirm funeral arrangements.
His Excellency, Dr. Julius Maada Bio will officially launch the opening ceremony for the induction of over 37 newly appointed High Commissioners, Ambassadors and Financial Attachés on Thursday 23 August 2018, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s conference Hall, Tower Hill, Freetown.
The European Union (EU) is one of Sierra Leone’s important partners and the cooperation between the European Union and the Government of Sierra Leone has a long history stretching back over 35 years and has been guided by the principles and objectives of the successive ACP-EU Conventions and Partnership Agreement, says Dr. Alie Kabba.
As part of Canada’s commitment to strengthening ties with Africa and to work with the continent to help address the challenges it faces, the Canadian Minister of International Development, Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau accompanied by the High Commissioner of Canada resident in Ghana, Ms. Heather Anne Cameron has paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba at his Tower Hill office in Freetown.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba has said, that President Julius Maada Bio’s New Direction agenda will play an essential role in enabling the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society to serve the most vulnerable people within the country.
). The Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Ozone Secretariat of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Dr. Gilbert M. Bankobeza accompanied by staff of the Environment Protection Agency-Sierra Leone (EPA-SL) has paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba at his Tower Hill office, Freetown.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and international cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba, at the weekend said, the government of His Excellency Dr. Julius Maada Bio strongly considers Cuba as a partner in promoting free and quality education, affordable healthcare system and better living standard for all.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) has on Friday 3 August, 2018, concluded a day seminar on the theme, “Strengthening and protecting Human Rights in Africa” at the Ministry’s conference hall, Tower Hill, Freetown.
The President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR), Hon. Justice Sylvian Ore’ has paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba at his Tower Hill office, Freetown. The purpose of his visit is to update the Minister on the status of the African Court as part of the on-going efforts of the Court to interact with different stakeholders in order to deepen their understanding of the Court’s mission and to encourage member States to ratify the Protocol establishing the AfCHPR and to deposit the declaration under Article 34(6) of the protocol, which allows direct access to the Court by NGOs and individuals. The President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR), Justice Sylvian Ore’ on behalf of the court expressed gratitude for the warm reception accorded him and the delegation, underscoring the need for Sierra Leone to ratify the Protocol and deposit its declaration. Dr, Alie Kabba on behalf of the government and people of Sierra Leone welcomed the President of the African Court and delegation to the Republic of Sierra Leone. Dr. Kabba also stated that the New Direction agenda which is President Julius Maada Bio’s flagship programme is committed to making every citizen of Sierra Leone feel and believe they are an integral part of an inseparable and indivisible country. “Our government promotes inclusive politics, inclusive governance and inclusive development as the only guarantor for enduring peace and security”, he added. The Foreign Minister assured the African Court envoys of his ministry’s commitment to the ratification of the Protocol. “The New Direction agenda is committed to promoting and protecting fundamental human rights of our compatriots”, Dr. Alie Kabba concluded. It could be recalled that so far, 30 out of 55 African Union (AU) Member States have ratified the Protocol and only 8 of them have deposited their declarations. These 8 States are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Tanzania and Tunisia. Sierra Leone is yet to ratify the Protocol establishing the Court. The delegation will also pay courtesy calls on the His Excellency the President, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the Speaker of Parliament, the Chief Justice, Human Rights Commissions and Bar Association, among others. A seminar for human rights stakeholders in Sierra Leone will be held on Friday 3rd August 2018 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Conference hall. Present were: the Director General and Ambassador-At-Large, Paul A.S. Minah, the Director for Compliance and Human Rights, Hassan Morlai Koroma; the former President of the African Court, Hon. Justice Gerard Niyungeko; and the Legal Officer of the African Court, Meredith Deborah Lwanga.
His Excellency Fodé Camara, Republic of Guinea accredited to Sierra Leone and resident in Freetown, has taken formal leave of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba, at the Ministry’s office, Tower Hill, Freetown. In his farewell statement to the Minister and Senior Management staff of the Ministry, His Excellency Fodé Camara behalf of the Government of the Republic of Guinea conveyed sincere gratitude to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the warm reception given to the Guinean community and organisations or institutions operating in the country. The outgoing Ambassador underscored that, he has always remained focused and committed in the cause of maintaining, strengthening and broadening the bilateral cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Guinea and the Republic of Sierra Leone through the implementation of a variety of programmes and projects. Other important bilateral issue raised and discussed by the Ambassador bordered around the enhancement of the Mano River Union cooperation. Dr. Alie Kabbah 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 Guinea and Sierra Leone as very cordial underscoring the significance of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. ‘Thanks for your service and you will be missed’, Dr. Alie Kabba, concluded. Present were: the Director General and Ambassador-at-Large, Amb. Paul A.S. Minah; Directors of various Divisions and Heads of Sections of the Ministry.