President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the head of a six-member delegation, departs the country Friday, July 13, to attend the 19th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She later travels to the United Republic of Tanzania on a State Visit at the invitation of her counterpart, His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.
According to an Executive Mansion release, those on President Sirleaf's delegation to the AU Summit include the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honorable Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan; the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Sylvester Grigsby; Ambassador to Ethiopia, Her Excellency Ms. Vivienne Wreh; Ambassador to Liberia's Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Her Excellency Ms. Marjon Kamara; Deputy Minister for Culture, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Honorable Elizabeth Hoff; and Presidential Press Secretary, Mr. Jerolinmek Piah.
Upon arrival in Addis Ababa on Friday, according to the tentative schedule, President Sirleaf will participate in the ECOWAS Consultative Meeting at the African Union Headquarters.
On Saturday, July 14, President Sirleaf will take part in meetings and discussions of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), being chaired by Dr. Amos Sawyer. Later in the afternoon, she will host a Heads of State luncheon to popularize the African Women's Decade themes, and fundraising to support the Fund for African Women's focus on Agriculture, Food Security and Environment, this year's theme.
The Liberian leader will join other AU Heads of State and Government for the Official Opening of the 19th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union on Sunday, July 15. In the afternoon, at an African Leaders Malaria Alliance Forum (ALMA) luncheon, President Sirleaf will lead a discussion as ALMA's current Chair.
On the fringes of the AU Summit, President Sirleaf will hold discussions with officials of the United Nations, as well as representatives of governments and, non-governmental organizations, and grant media interviews.
On Wednesday, July 18, President Sirleaf and delegation depart Addis Ababa for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where she will hold official talks with her host, President Kikwete. In the afternoon, as Chair of ALMA, she will officially open its offices in the Tanzanian capital. Following that, she is expected to participate in a public lecture forum at the University of Dar es Salaam.
On Thursday, July 19, the Liberian leader travels to Arusha, where she will tour the A to Z Mosquito Net Industry. She then travels to Ngorongoro, where she will visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
On Friday, July 20, President Sirleaf will tour the Manyara National Park before heading to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for departure to Monrovia.
Meanwhile, while President Sirleaf is away from the country, the Minister of Public Works, Honorable Samuel Kofi Woods, will Chair the Cabinet in consultation with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.