Foreign Minister Presents 2 Cooperation Agreements and 6 Multilateral Environmental Treaties for Ratification In Parliament

Foreign Minister Presents 2 Cooperation Agreements and 6 Multilateral Environmental Treaties for Ratification In Parliament

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Nabeela Tunis (Mrs.) on Thursday 31st October, 2019 presented to the Sierra Leone House of Parliament two (2) Cooperation Agreements and six (6) Multilateral Environmental Treaties for ratification at the Well of Parliament, Tower Hill, Freetown.

Presenting the two cooperation agreements between the Government of the Federal Republic of Brazil and the Government of Sierra Leone and between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone, the Hon. Minister explained that, the Brazil Agreement will facilitate visa free travel between the two countries for government officials and other persons holding diplomatic, official or service passports. She added that the agreement, if ratified, will strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

Giving the purpose of the Turkey Cooperation Agreement, Minister Tunis said, it exempts visa requirement for holders of diplomatic, Service and Special Passports to enter into, transit through, exit or stay in the two countries for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days within any one-hundred and eighty (180) days.

This Agreement, she said, does not grants citizens of both countries the right to work or engage in any profession in the two respective countries and that it retains the power to enforce their respective immigration laws including the right to deny entry or shorten the period of stay of their respective citizens without stating any reasons.

Presenting the six (6) Multilateral Environmental Treaties,  (The Kigali Amendment to Montreal Protocol; the Bamako Convention; the Ban Amendment to the Basel Convention; the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol; the Cartagena Protocol and the Additional Protocols to the Abidjan Convention by the Government of Sierra Leone) Hon. Tunis said that, these treaties will provide the country with effective capacity on waste management, chemical controls, protection of the ozone layer, reducing the risk of climate change and biodiversity conservation limiting the impacts on biosafety.

These treaties, she maintained, will provide the required platform for Sierra Leone to contribute to the international strides towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and other relevant international benchmarks. 

Minister Nabeela Tunis went on to assure the MPs that by ratifying and domesticating the treaties, Sierra Leone will proactively join the global campaign and efforts to improve human health and save the environment, which according to her, has over the years been subjected to massive destruction through uncontrolled activities.

She concluded by entreating the Honourable House to endorse and ratify the treaties as Sierra Leone stands to benefit tremendously from their domestication and implementation.

Hon. Dixon Rogers in his contribution on the two Cooperation Agreements raised the issue of transit visa to Brazil and Turkey which he said will be a challenge. His fear was allayed by the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Nabeela Tunis who assured the House that, although there is no direct flight from Sierra Leone to Brazil there is however a direct flight from Sierra Leone to Turkey and that in the case of transit, holders of Diplomatic, Service or Special passports will be given a suitable treatment or seek alternative route where transit visas would not be required.

Commenting on the two Cooperation Agreements and Treaties, Hon. Hassan Prince commended Minister Nabeela Tunis for her relentless efforts in the stride to ensure that the instruments were ratified and domesticated. He encouraged that when the instruments were ratified and domesticated, the concerned MDAs should ensure their implementation.

Hon. Sama in his submission, said the Agreements will benefits the people of this country and that the six (6) treaties will eradicate the threat against environmental hazards.

Hon. Yumkella in his statement encouraged the Minister of Foreign Affairs to continue to collaborate with Brazil especially in the areas of agriculture and bioenergy.

The Chairman for the SDGs Committee commended the Minister for present the instruments as they are key for his committee. The Agreement, he said will strengthen Sierra Leone’s  diplomatic ties with the international community and urged Sierra Leoneans to take action and join the global community to reduce negative impacts of our actions and  footprints on the environment.

The Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Hon. Ibrahim Ben Kargbo in his statement, applauded the Minister for presenting such a beneficial documents and encouraged the Minister to implement government’s earlier Cabinet Conclusion that recommended the opening of a Sierra Leone embassy in Brazil.

He called on the Ministry of Finance not to stave the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of funds as it is the Ministry that sells the image of Sierra Leone to the International world.


(MFAIC Press Office Freetown)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation Hosts 3 Days workshop



(MFAIC Press Office Freetown: Tuesday 1st October, 2019) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation in collaboration with the United Nations office High Commissioner for Human Rights will  organize a three- days workshop on the strengthening of the National Mechanism for Reporting and Follow up and Roll up of the National Recommendations Tracking Database from the 2nd – 4th October 2019, at Ministry’s Conference Room, Tower Hill Freetown.

The objective of this workshop is to provide refresher training to government officials who have been participating in the Government’s UPR work and to help government officials familiarize themselves with the National Recommendation Tracking Database (NRTD) and its key features. The workshop will target government officials/members of government inter-ministerial steering group on human rights.

This workshop was requested by the government of Sierra Leone following the decision of the OHCHR to provide Sierra with the NRTD to assist the General with its human rights reporting work.

The workshop will be facilitated by two staff from OHCHR and a staff from this ministry. The workshop will commence with an opening session on the 2nd October 2019 during which the Government will launch it UPR midterm report.