Polish Ambassador Presents Copies of Letters of Credence to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Polish Ambassador designate to the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Joanna Tarnawska on Wednesday, 19th June, 2019 presented copies of her Letters of Credence to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Solomon J. Jamiru Esq, at his Tower Hill Office in Freetown.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mrs. Tarnawska expressed her excitement to be assigned as Polish Ambassador to Sierra Leone. She stated that Poland and Sierra Leone are far away in terms of geographic location, but have common values.
The Polish Ambassador designate to Sierra Leone said her government is committed to strengthen and deepen the bilateral ties with the Government of Sierra Leone, adding that Sierra Leone was among the first one hundred countries to sign the Warsaw treaty in Poland.
Speaking on her country’s interest of cooperation, Mrs. Joanna Tarnawska said her country is interested to cooperate with Sierra Leone on the basis that, Sierra Leone is recognized as one of the growing democratic nations in the world. She said that there are many areas of cooperation that her country is interested in, including education, cleaning, transportation, technology and many others.
She maintained that her country has also developed cooperation in different sectors like education, teaching aid, firefighting, rescue crises including landslide and car accidents.
In his response speech, the Hon. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Solomon J. Jamiru Esq welcomed the Ambassador Designate to the country and the Ministry, adding that Poland is a great nation in central Europe.
He noted that Poland is a member of a lot of multilateral agencies including UN, NATO and Schengen that have strategic global significance.
Responding to the Ambassador’s country interest of cooperation, Hon. Solomon Jamiru said, the two countries will have to look at areas of cooperation that could benefit both peoples.
He informed the Ambassador Designate that, His Excellency the President Julius Maada Bio for the first time in the history of this country, has set up a Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, to ensure students who study Mathematics, Science and Technology in the Universities of Sierra Leone would attract government support and free tuition.
Deputy Minister Jamiru Esq also noted that Poland has evolved when it comes to Public Postal Service, and would have to help develop that sector with Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone he maintained, has a Postal System that has gone through a lot of challenges and that it is at a point wherein they needed to borrow best practice and perhaps support in the area of resources, technical resources in order to transform the country’s Postal Services into providing financial services.
This, he concluded is the time for the two countries to deepen and strengthen their bilateral ties.
In another engagement, the Hon. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Solomon J. Jamiru Esq. on Thursday, 20th June, 2019 presented two Ambassadors and a High Commissioner Designate to Sierra Leone, to His Excellency Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio to present their Letters of Credence at the State House in Freetown.

US Ambassador Maria Brewer Calls on Foreign Minister Nabeela Tunis


The US Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Her Excellency Maria E. Brewer on Wednesday 19th June, 2019 called on the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mrs. Nabeela Tunis at her Tower Hill office in Freetown.

In her opening remarks, Ambassador Brewer congratulated the newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on her new assignment; adding that she had had a very good warm relationship with the Minister at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development.

Giving a brief historical background on the bilateral relationship between the two countries, the Ambassador said the United State of America has an established diplomatic relations with Sierra Leone since 1961 and that since then, the two countries have been enjoying a warm and cordial bilateral relationship.

The two countries, Ambassador Maria Brewer said were linked by the history of slavery in the United States, an institution she said that sent large member of African slaves from present day Sierra Leone to the colonies of Georgia and South Carolina. She assured the Minister of her country’s continuing support to Sierra Leone.

Welcoming the Ambassador to her Ministry, the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Madam Nabeela Tunis said that, the US and Sierra Leone relationship today is affable, with cultural ties between groups in the two countries receiving collective historic interest. She thanked the Ambassador on behalf of the Government of President Julius Maada Bio and the people of Sierra Leone for the numerous U.S bilateral support in the areas of consolidation of peace, democracy and human right, health, education among other aid.

The Minister also talked on the bilateral economic relationship between the two countries adding that her staff had briefed her on the Ambassador’s supportive stance towards the Ministry. She said as Minister and Deputy Minister, they are going to serve and maintain the high level of cooperation between the two countries adding that, the meeting with the Ambassador was a demonstration of the importance they attached to the country’s bilateral relations with the USA.

MFAIC & MoF Holds Three Days Seminar on Operational Policies and Practices for Foreign Missions

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance on Tuesday 18th June, 2018 held a three-day seminar to develop Operational Policies and Practices for Foreign Missions to address Critical Challenges at the Golden Tulip Kimbima Hotel Conference Room, Aberdeen, Freetown.

Giving the objectives of the seminar, the newly appointed Acting Director General, Mr. Al-Hassan Karamoh Kondeh said, the seminar was to enable the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be more effective and efficient in its service delivery, position the Ministry to actively contribute to the success of the New Direction’s Government Medium term National Development Plan and improve the tripartite relationship among the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Sierra Leone Missions abroad and the Ministry of Finance.

The Principal Deputy Financial Secretary (PDFS) at the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Mathew Dingie in his statement said his Ministry collaborated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to have frank discussions in supporting the Foreign Missions to meet the management of their fiduciary duties. The PDFS said the challenges faced by those Missions abroad are not insurmountable and that they can be tackled by prioritizing them and agreeing on a broad framework.

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Foreign Service, Hon. Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkellah talked about career diplomats and noted that his Committee believed in appointing 40% of Career Diplomats to Missions abroad calling on the two Ministries to give credence to timely payment of the country’s membership dues to its member’s organizations. He called on the Government through the Hon. Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh to manage the careers of the country’s diplomats who are in multilateral institutions to get their level positions. He maintained that, as a Committee responsible for foreign affairs, they will ensure that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation performs extremely well in its service delivery.

In her statement, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Mrs. Nabeela Tunis said as a Ministry they have discovered that, in order for them to perform effectively and efficiently depend not only on the finances but the commitment and passion of each and every staff assigned to the Ministry, including Ambassadors and High Commissioners that are representing the country abroad.

To achieve this,  she said, they have targeted as a first step to define the country’s foreign Policy, a policy she stated, that tells the world how the country will relate to other countries, what is the government stance on Climate Change, issues of Migration and how they are working towards attracting more trade and less aid. Minister Tunis assured the gathering that, as a Government and Ministry, they have been advocating for more Sierra Leonean representations at multilateral organizations and that as a Ministry, they believed that, the more the representation, the more benefits they will have as a country.

In the area of Career Diplomats, Madam Minister Tunis said her ministry is quite concerned that as a country they don’t have a pool of career diplomats adding that her Ministry is presently working on the policy on Career Diplomats to represent the country in the global arena. She urged all the participants to contribute meaningfully in order to have an effective and efficient Ministry. She concluded that the issues of Career Diplomats, Protocol, communications and the positive image of the country are pivotal in their administration.

The Minister of Finance, Hon. Jacob Jusu Saffa talked on the policy position of government which he said is to position the Foreign Missions abroad so that they will be of benefit to the country; and that, from the Ministry of Finance’s perspective, the policy of Government is effective and efficient management of the limited resources. Minister Saffa also threw light on the issue of accountability of visas issued at the overseas Missions, payment of the country’s membership dues and the random employment of local staff by the Missions abroad.

Delivering the Keynote address at the seminar, the Hon. Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to be more proactive in the discharge of its state functions and to also expedite the processing of correspondences and ensure swift acknowledgement and response to correspondence. 

Diaspora Union Briefs Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs on their just concluded Policy Workshop

The Sierra Leone Diaspora Union on Thursday 13th June, 2019 briefed the Hon. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Solomon J. Jamiru Esq on issues ranging from migration to investment at his Tower Hill office in Freetown. Moderating the meeting, Mr. Maada Ansumana Kamara, the Secretary General of the Sierra Leone National Union in The Gambia, briefed the Hon. Deputy Minister about the deliberations at the just concluded diaspora Policy Workshop on Migration and other issues.

Mr. Kamara reiterated that for about ten months, they have been striving to have a policy document that can ease the burden on government, as well as having a tripartite meeting point that the Government of Sierra Leone, the Diaspora and the citizenry will all benefit.

Speaking on the policy document, Unisa Dizo Conteh, Consultant at the Sierra Leone Central Union Netherlands, said they have worked collaboratively with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to produce the policy document which entailed issues of re-integration, the role of Diasporas in national development, the need for the country to have strategies to deal with emergency issues among others. He added that the document, identifies three core recommendations which are as follows: the need for diasporas existing programmes, enhancement of  policies to be incorporate into the needs for migrants caught up in countries of crisis;  the need to improve communication with the government through the Diplomatic Missions abroad and the essence of creating a conducive environment to ensure that the Diaspora engagement takes place in a really beneficial way; and diaspora commitment to support Sierra Leone on national development. He called on the Hon. Deputy Minister to help them speed up the approval process of the document in Parliament.

Abu Bakarr Bangura the former president of the Sierra Leone Central Union, Netherlands, in his contribution talked on the contributions of Diasporas toward implementation of the national plan and the setting up of a Diaspora engagement policy. The President of the Sierra Leone Central Union called on the government to open a Consulate office in the Netherlands.

Responding, the Hon. Deputy Minister, Solomon J. Jamiru Esq welcomed the delegation and congratulated them for a successful policy workshop and assured them of the Ministry’s commitment and support in ensuring that the conclusions, resolutions and recommendations emanating from the workshop will be aligned within the wider policy framework for International cooperation and relations.

The Deputy Minister gave a brief talk on the 8 important clusters of the National Development Plan which according to him encapsulated human capacity development, He informed that His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has championed economic diversification and growth, infrastructure and economic competitiveness, governance and accountability, women empowerment, children and persons with disability, youth, employment, sport and migration, building resilient against shocks and the implementation of the plan.

He said the meeting with the Diasporas fit within the grand scale of things and that for them as a government, issues relating to migrants are issues that must warrant not only the attention of Sierra Leone but the world at large. As a Ministry, he said it is now their responsibility to ensure that they work and agree on the next critical steps, to crystalize the deliberations and conclusions from the workshop.

Diasporas, Hon. Jamiru said are an integral part of the Sierra Leonean Society and that there has to be a framework of cooperation, engagement at all levels and that he believed that the integration of the Office of the Diaspora Affairs will soon be incorporated into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He assured the group that after the incorporation of the Office of the Diaspora Affairs, they are going to establish Desks Officers at the various Missions abroad. He concluded by suggesting an annual diaspora engagement meeting with the government.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Interacts with Diplomatic and Consular Corps

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Nabeela Tunis on Monday 10th June, 2019 interacted with members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps at her Ministry’s main Conference Hall, Tower Hill in Freetown. Welcoming the diplomat and consular corps, the New Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Al-Hassan Kondeh thanked the diplomats and assured them of the Ministry’s commitment to work with them.

In her statement, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Mrs. Nabeela Tunis thanked the guests for their congratulatory messages upon her appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. She assured them of her commitments with the entire team at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to achieve the shared goals of their respective countries. 

“We are willing to learn, listen and share ideas on matters of common interest to us all. My tenure will be characterized by the consolidation of Sierra Leone’s diplomatic relations driven by trust, accountability and most importantly respect for sovereignty and country systems.” She stated. She maintained that meeting the diplomatic community in Sierra Leone was among the first tasks that came to her mind since her appointment as the Minister; expressing hope that the meeting would set the stage for a structured and cooperative exchange.   

“Our President has spoken in great length about the development targets outlined in The Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) during the two state openings of parliament to reiterate his commitment to driving these national development goals forward. I kindly ask that you all take a look at these developments targets and try to align your individual and collective interventions with them” she added.

She concluded that, as Sierra Leone prepares for life beyond aid, the government has identified attracting private sector investors as a key to the country’s development; adding that she had just returned from the UK with H E, Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, where they attended the UK-Sierra Leone Investment conference with businesses, private entrepreneurs, and British Government Officials and discussed Sierra Leone as a plausible destination for investment.

The Ambassador of Egypt, H.E. Maher Al-Mahdi Al-Sayed, on behalf of all other ambassadors and high commissioners present thanked the Minister for the invitation. He promised their full cooperation towards contributing to Sierra Leones’s development and assured the Minister and her Deputy of the diplomatic community’s continued support to Sierra Leone. 

The United Nations Resident Coordinator, David. McLachlan to Sierra Leone in his response, warmly congratulated the Minister and the newly appointed Deputy Minister and Director General. He expressed assurance that the United Nation (UN) would continue to work with the Government to achieve its development aspirations. He reiterated that the job of the United Nations in SL is to support the government in promoting the development of the country and improving the lives of Sierra Leoneans.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Solomon J. Jamiru in his remarks noted favorably the congratulatory messages and kind sentiment from the international community and applauded them for their very strong indication of support and cooperation on a broad range of issues. He thanked the international community for the consolidation of democracy, peace and security in Sierra Leone and for supporting growth of the country’s economy. He urged the international community to continue to stand in solidarity with Sierra Leone and assured the gathering that, their thoughts, perspectives and comments expressed were favorably noted. 

WHO Country Rep Presents Letters of Credence to Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs

World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative, Mr. Evans Majani Liyosi on Friday 7th June, 2019 presented copies of Letters of Credence to the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Solomon Jamiru Esq. at his Tower Hill Office in Freetown.

In his statement, Mr. Liyosi congratulated the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs on his new appointment as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Being his first time to visit Sierra Leone, the WHO Rep said his ambition in the country is to work very closely to support the Minster of Health and Sanitation especially in leading the health agenda within the UN family and also to support and work closely to strengthen the country’s Health sector generally.

Health, Mr. Liyosi said is not just within the health sector but also concerned with other socio-economic indicators. He expressed hope for a good working relationship with the Foreign Ministry, other Ministries as well the UN and donors.

In his welcome statement, the Hon. Acting Minister, Mr. Jamiru welcomed Mr. Liyosi to Sierra Leone on behalf of His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio, the Foreign Minister Madam Nabeela Tunis and the people of Sierra Leone. He recalled that Sierra Leone was first admitted as an associate member of the WHO family at the 9th World Health Assembly in 1956 and after Sierra Leone gained her Independence in 1961, she became a full member of WHO. The country, he said, is now enjoying about 58 years of WHO membership and close cooperation. The Hon. Acting Minister expressed thanks and appreciation to Mr. Liyosi and the WHO family for saving the lives of women and children during the Ebola scourge and for providing care to the survivors.

He reiterated that within the context of the country’s National Development Plan, health is an important policy cluster outlined in cluster one on the Human Capital Development. The Acting Minister furthered noted that WHO’s current strategic plan on health is a welcomed value addition to our Government’s National Development Plan (NDP). The Acting Minister stated that in 2008 the country suffered about 89 deaths per every 1000 births adding that in 2017, the number of death toll per 1,000 reduced to about 59.

Hon. Jamiru noted that Mr. Liyosi is in the country with a pedigree of experience in public health, and that as he had worked extensively worldwide during difficulty circumstances, his coming to Sierra Leone with such experience, will add value to the health system of the country. He expressed hope that the WHO Country Rep will share his experience and the organization’s available resources to support the country’s National Development Plan.

In his remarks, the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Al-Hassan Alhaji Kondeh assured the WHO Country Rep of the Ministry’s support in the realization of his task in the country. Present at the ceremony were; the Director of America, Rakie Marcathy; the Director of Legal Affairs, Mr. Patrick Hassan Koroma; the Director of ECOTEC, Obai Tailor Kamara; the Director of Protocol Sahr Johnny; the Acting Director of Europe Sia Tejan; the Director of Africa Momodu A. Wurie and a cross section of members of staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Norway Representatives meet the Acting Foreign Minister

(MFAIC Press Office, Thursday 30th May, 2019)

Representatives from Norway on Thursday 30th May, 2019 paid a courtesy call on the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Solomon Jamiru Esq at his Tower Hill Office in Freetown to discuss and strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

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