FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, Monday 14 March, 2016//- Outgoing Ambassador of the Republic of Brazil to the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Jose Jorge Alcazar Almeida has paid a farewell courtesy call on President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma this morning at State House.
President Koroma acknowledged the role and support provided by the Republic of Brazil during the height of the unprecedented Ebola outbreak. It would be recalled that the Republic of Brazil provided Nine Hundred Thousand (900,000) tons of rice, medical supplies, Four Million United States Dollars to international Non-Governmental Organizations involved in the fight to eradicate Ebola from Sierra Leone.
“There is still a lot we can learn from Brazil in terms of experience, especially to develop our agricultural sector and help our people from poverty to prosperity,” the head of state noted.
He furthered that government is almost completing the implementation of the 6-9 month recovery programme and return the country on the Agenda for Prosperity pathway.
Commenting on the position of the Committee of Ten on the reform of the United Nations Security Council, the president said the position of C-10 should be taken as very important and that the United Nations should be democratic and participatory in their decision making process, particularly so when a significant proportion of decisions taken affect Africa. “Africa must be given a place to take part in the decision making process of the United Nations and we have to be bold and strong enough to effect change,” he emphasized.
President Koroma also said the position of Africa will help to make substantial progress in the intergovernmental negotiations (IGN) adding, that Africa cannot continue to be diplomatic without making progress. “We cannot continue to be diplomatic without making progress and the only thing that is constant in life is change,” President Koroma maintained.
He also discussed the issue of the Veto power and noted that if it is to be maintained, then Africa should also have the Veto power.
Ambassador Jose Almeida congratulated President Koroma for what he described as his excellent and strong leadership in many vital areas including the importance “...which you have attributed to the theme of the reform of the United Nations Security Council, “ he said.
The Brazilian Ambassador pledged their full support behind Africa’s Common Position on the Reform of the United Nations Security Council.
The Ambassador went on to highlight Brazil’s participation in the common efforts to overcome the Ebola outbreak, and said that he would miss Sierra Leone and its people more than many may perhaps imagine.
Ambassador Jose Jorge Alcazar Almeida was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs an International Cooperation Dr Samura Kamara and the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ambassador Khadijatu Bassir.
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