Ethiopia: AU Commission names new Special Representative in Liberia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Tuesday appointed Ambassador Ibrahim Mbaba Kamara of Sierra Leone as Special Representative and Head of the AU Liaison Office (AULO) in Liberia.

Announcing the appointment, the Commission said that it has come at a time when the AU has been effectively engaging with the Government of  Liberia in supporting and facilitating socioeconomic development over the past decade.

"The AU will continue to support the Government and people of Liberia to ensure the successful conduct of the presidential and legislative elections in 2017," the Commission added.

Since 2012, Ambassador Kamara has served as the AU Senior Political Advisor at the AU Liaison Office in Sudan. He has extensive professional experience in political and diplomatic fields.

Among others, he served as Cabinet minister in Sierra Leone (1978-1989), and served as the country's ambassador to different countries (1996-2008), including: Ethiopia, United States of America, Brazil, Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Republic of Korea, Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, Lesotho, Tanzania, Madagascar and Zambia.

Kamara also served as Permanent Representative to the OAU/AU and UN Economic Commission for Africa and to the United Nations in New York.

In his new mandate, Ambassador Kamara will maintain a constant interaction with the Government of Liberia and other stakeholders. He will also work closely with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its member States, as well as with relevant bilateral and multilateral partners, including the UN and the EU.

The Chairperson of the Commission has expressed "sincere appreciation" to Kamara's predecessor, Ambassador Harrison Oluwatoyin Solaja, for his leadership and commitment in pursing the mandate of the AULO.
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