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In Sierra Leone, New SLAJ Executive Meets ERSG.
By Mustapha Sesay (Sec-Gen)
Dec 4, 2008, 17:06
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The newly-elected National Executive of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) yesterday 3rd December 2008, held a meeting with the Executive Representative of the UNs Secretary General (ERSG) Michael Schulenburg in Freetown.

SLAJ President-elect, Umaru Fofana spoke about the need for continued cooperation and collaboration between the association and the UN Country System with a view to complementing the roles of each other in the countrys peace building and development processes.

During the one-hour meeting, the first to be held with a partner institution by the executive-elect, Mr Fofana briefed the ERSG on the current needs of SLAJ, identifying possible areas of intervention by the world body.

He said the urgent need existed for a National Secretariat equipped with furniture, computers, internet access, a resource centre and a conference hall and transport. He emphasised the need for personnel training and capacity-building of especially young journalists who do not meet the normal university entry requirement or cannot afford the cost to pay their fees.

Mr Schulenburg, who doubles as the Resident Coordinator of the UNDP in Sierra Leone, shared the UNs Vision Programme with the SLAJ executive-elect. He pledged his organisations unwavering support to building the capacity of the media including boosting the institutional and personnel profile of SLAJ. The ERSG therefore urged the new executive to develop their ideas into a concrete programme document for review by the UN in line with its Sierra Leone vision document, for possible consideration


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