Foreign Minister Kamara Meets with ECOWAS Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Ajisomo

ECOWAS Ambassador to Liberia, H.E. Mr. Babatunde Olanrewaju Ajisomo paid a courtesy visit with Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara (right) on Thursday, April 07, 2016

ECOWAS Ambassador to Liberia, H.E. Mr. Babatunde Olanrewaju Ajisomo paid a courtesy visit with Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara (right) on Thursday, April 07, 2016

Foreign Minister Kamara Meets with ECOWAS Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Ajisomo
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Thursday, April 7, 2016) Liberia’s Foreign
Minister H.E. Marjon V. Kamara has received in audience the ECOWAS
Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, H.E. Mr. Babatunde Olanrewaju
Ajisomo, when he paid her a courtesy call on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, Ambassador Ajisomo used the
opportunity to congratulate Minister Kamara on her preferment and
briefed her on developments taking placing within the sub-regional
organization including political, social, economic, and security
issues.

While welcoming the ECOWAS envoy at the Ministry, Foreign Minister
Kamara thanked him for the courtesy visit and extended gratitude to
ECOWAS for all the humanitarian assistance it continues to render the
Government and people of Liberia, reflecting on the civil crisis and
the Ebola outbreak.

Liberia’s Foreign Minister also applauded the ECOWAS envoy for the
extensive and comprehensive overview he provided her, which she said
has fully abreast her on ECOWAS’ activities in the sub-region. She
indicated that she is aware that the regional body is going through a
transition, acknowledging that former vice president of the
commission, Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh, has already returned to Liberia
after a successful end of his tenure.

Minister Kamara expressed confidence that the country’s recent nominee
to the ECOWAS committee on infrastructure, Dr. Antoinette G. Weeks,
would ably represent Liberia and that she would do well on her new
assignment.

The Liberian Foreign Minister acknowledged there are a lots of good
things that Liberia can gain from sub-regional integration; confirming
that Liberia will do what it needs to do to take its place within the
sub-regional organization.

On the issues of ratifying the ECOWAS treaties and protocols, Minister
Kamara assured Ambassador Ajisomo that she would work very closely
with other relevant government institutions to have these instruments
ratified.

Madam Kamara also added that under her stewardship as Foreign Minister
Liberia will tap into rewarding areas of maximum benefits in the
ECOWAS for its population.

She further applauded ECOWAS’ initiatives in member states including
the organization’s  role in maintaining peace and security,
humanitarian and political  affairs in the region;  as well as, the
introduction and use of ECOWAS passports by its citizens which she
observed is now being circulated worldwide.

For his part, the ECOWAS Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Ajisomo, recounted the
strategic and historical role Liberia played during the formation of
ECOWAS which dates back to 1975 when Liberia signed the ECOWAS
Protocol affirming its membership to the regional body.

The ECOWAS Ambassador thanked Foreign Minister Kamara for the warm
reception and granting him the audience to meet with her, which he
said was intended to appraise her of ongoing developments taking place
at the level of ECOWAS.

He stressed that considering the strategic role Liberia played at the
formation of the ECOWAS, it would be prudent for the country to
maximize its benefits of integration and minimize its risks since
integration is always associated with risks and benefits.

He also added that ECOWAS is now at the stage of transition in terms
of statutory appointments where preparation are underway for the
ushering in of a new president of the ECOWAS Commission who he said
hails from the Republic Of Benin.

The ECOWAS Ambassador also used the occasion to congratulate Liberia
for nominating a well-seasoned and experience candidate to head the
Infrastructure Committee of the ECOWAS Commission in person of Dr.
Weeks.

He further disclosed that the vice president’s position previously
occupied by Dr. McIntosh has now been given to The Gambia while the
presidential slot of the Commission is being occupied by the Republic
of Benin which he noted are expected to take office in Abuja, Nigeria
shortly.

He furthered that ECOWAS’ Heads of State and Government, during one of
their deliberations, took a firm position on the presidential tenure.
According to him,  ECOWAS leaders agreed that no leader in any of its
member states should elongate his/herself in power, likewise,
officials of the commission are not to also elongate themselves to
office.

He indicated that those holding current positions at the Commission
will continue to serve up to 2018 so that by 2018 the Commission would
consider rotating positions among member countries.

The envoy also informed Foreign Minister Kamara that the Commission
looks forward to seeing her participate in all ECOWAS ministerial
meetings like her predecessor who he hailed for proactively
participating at all levels of ECOWAS’ meetings in order to maximize
benefits of integration.

The envoy, however, called on the minister to prevail on other
relevant stakeholders across the Liberian government bureaucracy to
ensure that the over 14 treaties and protocols submitted by ECOWAS for
ratification are ratified, saying “Liberian has benefited from some of
these treaties and conventions.”

Signed:
J. Wesley Washington
ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS

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