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Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, His Excellency Ambassador Andrew Gbebay Bangali on Monday 6th June 2011 suggested to the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) of the African Union Commission (AUC) that discussions on the theme of the upcoming AU Summit by the Heads of State should not be postponed to the second day of the meeting.

The 17th AU Summit will be held in Equatorial Guinea from June 23rd to July 1st 2011 with the theme: “Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development.”

Ambassador Bangali’s suggestion came after the AU Commission’s Secretary General, Ambassador Jean Mfasoni disclosed that following consultations between some member states and the Commission, it was proposed to defer discussion on the Summit’s theme to the second day.

The multi-accredited Ambassador who was speaking during the Preparatory Meetings of the PRC for the forthcoming Summit said the proposal by the Secretary General was belated bearing in mind that the Draft Agendas had already been agreed upon and sent by the respective Embassies to their Headquarters.

He stressed that if the Commission wished to make any change, they should have come up with an explanatory note giving convincing reasons for any such change.

“We have forwarded the Draft Agendas to our capitals, so it is too late in the day to make such a significant change,” he said.

Ambassador Bangali’s suggestion was supported by majority of other Ambassadors, including that of the host country, Equatorial Guinea and the PRC Chairman, Dr. Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue who indicated that preparations for the Summit in Malabo had been finalized based on the agreed Draft Agendas by the PRC for both the Executive Council and the Assembly.

Sierra Leone’s Deputy Head of Mission to Ethiopia, Mr. Amadu Koroma and the Second Secretary at the Sierra Leone Embassy in Addis Ababa, Mr. Christopher Bockarie also attended the meeting.

Mr.Obi Buya-Kamara and Mr. Unisa Kamara

On Tuesday 7th June 2011, Ambassador Bangali joined his colleagues from AU Member States to celebrate the first AU Border Day at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa. The theme of the day was: “Uniting and Integrating Africa Through Peaceful, Open and Prosperous Borders.”

African Ministers in Charge of Border Issues adopted 7 June as a day to popularize the importance of the African Union Border Programme (AUBP) in promoting peace, regional and continental integration in Africa.

The event was also attended by Representatives of other Diplomatic Missions, Representatives of Regional Economic Commissions, Heads of International Organizations, Representatives of Civil Society Organizations, Staff Members of the AUC and invited guests.

A documentary titled “African Borders; From Barriers to Bridges”, a choreographic performance on dancing across borders and a photo exhibition climaxed the celebration.

Besides popularizing the work of the AUBP, the day will also be used to sensitize Member States, African border populations, Regional Economic Commissions (RECs), Civil Societies and Academics on border issues.

Meanwhile, Messers Unisa Kamara and Obi Buya-Kamara, Director, Africa Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Commissioner for Reparation at the National Commission for Social Action respectively attended from 2nd to 3rd June 2011 a Technical Meeting on Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi, and a Follow-Up to Assessment Missions to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Central Africa Republic and the Sudan.

The meeting which took place at the African Union Headquarters was organized by the Commission.

Mr. Buya-Kamara presented a paper titled ‘Update on Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Sierra Leone.’

The meeting was also attended by the Head of Chancery at the Sierra Leone Embassy in Addis Ababa, Mr. Francis Edward Kandeh.

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