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Sierra Leone Hosts MRU Mini Summit
By Abdul Karim Kabia
Dec 10, 2008, 17:18
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For the first time since the end of the infamous rebel war in the country in 2002, Sierra Leone has hosted an international conference of heads of States. With the realization of the prevalent peace and security the Mano River Union (MRU) has thought it fit to convene its Mini-Summit of heads of states and other dignitaries of the union.

The two-day summit commenced on Tuesday 9th to end today, Wednesday 10th December 2008 at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Glouster Street in Freetown. Two meetings are simultaneously on going, that of the Technical Committee and working session of the Mano River Union Ministerial Council.

On the first day of the summit, various distinguished personalities made statements on behalf of their governments at the Technical Committee level. Amongst those who delivered papers were the Secretary General of the MRU, Abraham Boure, including Heads of delegation from Liberia, Guinea and Cote dIvore, the new entrant into the union. Issues to be deliberated on in the on going conference include the ECA Report on Self Financing Mechanism for Sub-Regional Institutions-Community levy and the MRU progress reports for the period covering June to December 2008.

At Ministerial Council level, various issues were deliberated on for day one. Prime on the agenda was the consideration and adoption of a joint security committee report. On this aspect, deliberations on the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Security Report on Peace, security, stability and cooperation were made.

Expected to jet in this morning for the summit are her Excellency President Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the Republic of Liberia, Guinean President General Lansana Conte and Laurent Gbagbo of the Republic of Cote dIvore, including their Foreign Ministers.

The extra-ordinary session is to be hosted at State House to be followed in the evening by a state Banquette in their honour, which will be graced by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma at State House Lawn.


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