Vice President Jalloh Calls for reforms at Foreign Affairs Ministry

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By: Alhaji M Jalloh

Vice President Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh has spoken lengthily about the state of affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation calling on the new authorities appointed to restructure management.

It could be recalled that top echelons of the ministry, including Dr Ali Kabba and Deputy Nemata Bah-Chang were recently reshuffled, in the opinion of many, to shape up what used to obtains at that ministry. The change has not reflected in a positive way yet but the vice president would not let go. Dr Jalloh also cautioned staff of the ministry over their manners in handling diplomatic issues as he described the ministry’s present condition as chaotic with lots of work to be done.

He was speaking at a Seminar organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Golden Tulip- Essential Kimbima Hotel in Freetown on Tuesday, June 17, 2019. He called on the new Ministers and the new Director General of the ministry to do more and increase the administrative effectiveness of the ministry, and to make the ministry become a free environment for the public and transaction flow.

The Honourable Vice President informed the participants about Government’s determination to ensure new strategic shift of Sierra Leone Missions, noting that the Embassies/High Commissions need to be reshaped and reconstructed in order to become fit for purpose.

Dr Jalloh encouraged the Foreign Affairs Ministry to shift in policy focus and relevance. He explained shifting to mean moving from classical African Foreign Missions to strategic and benefit oriented Missions for Sierra Leone.

Vice President Jalloh called on Policy Heads of Foreign Affairs Ministry to mainstream foreign Missions fit for purpose. He recommended for staffing in Sierra Leone Missions to be in line with the new trend of having a minimal of three Sierra Leonean Diplomats and citizens of host country working in Sierra Leone Missions according to the strategic relevance of a Mission. He explained that scaling of Missions based on the level of engagement of a particular Mission, he cited the level of engagement of Sierra Leone Mission in New York with lot of activities to that of Liberia. Adding that the scaling method will reduce cost on the Government of Sierra Leone on overseas spending and increased efficiency and performance in the Missions.

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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: abstarawally@gmail.com. Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.

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