5 May 2014

Sierra Leone: President Koroma Attends MRU Summit in Conakry

President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma left Freetown this morning (Sunday, May 4th) for Conakry, Guinea where he will participate in the 23rd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Mano River Union (MRU).

The Summit, convened under the Chair of Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is being convened at a time when MRU countries are facing serious challenges.

The Summit, according to President Koroma who took questions from media representatives in the sub-region, will look at the implementation of the protocols of the MRU to further strengthen co-operation and the ongoing restructuring of the MRU to ensure that there is an effective and efficient Secretariat, and also to use the meeting to address the issues of collaboration in the areas of infrastructural development, energy and youth employment and empowerment.

"We will also be looking at how we can further collaborate in addressing our social issues. Don't forget that just recently we had the outbreak of Ebola, and it's as a result of effective collaboration within member states by using the institutions and the Ministries of Health plus the international partners that we were able to contain the situation, and I think that with collaboration we can achieve a lot more. So we need to build on this collaboration and cooperation," President Koroma emphasized.

The summit comprises a closed door session chaired by H.E. Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Furthermore, a presentation of the Report of the Union's Ministerial Council would be made during this session as well as the Signing and Reading of the Joint Communique of the 23rd Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the MRU and a Press Conference marking the end of the Summit.

The President returns to Freetown this evening.

Stay tuned for more on this and other local and international news about the activities of His Excellency, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma.

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