Ambassador of Sierra Leone to Germany, Dr. Mbaimba Lamin Baryoh has on behalf of Heads of Missions represented in Berlin present at a meeting with Robert Dölger, German Federal Foreign Office Commissioner for Africa, expressed his thanks and appreciation of Germany’s objective of intensified commitment to Africa and counts on Germany as a strong African voice in the United Nations Security Council.
He added that Sierra Leone’s President Maada Bio currently holds the Chair of the Community of Ten (C-10), an African Union (AU) body responsible for negotiating long-awaited reforms of the UN Security Council.
Robert Dolger at the meeting on Thursday March 27th 2019 hosted at the Federal Foreign Office, presented the updated Germany’s Africa Policy Guidelines to the Heads of Diplomatic Missions accredited to Germany on Building on Germany’s Africa Policy Guidelines of 2014 and guided by the principles and objectives set out by the African countries in their Agenda 2063 and the goals set forth during the EU and African Union (AU) Summit in November 2017. The German government this year aims to intensify its Africa policy.
The objective is an intensified partnership with Africa and its measures will be geared to five core objectives of (1) promoting peace and security; (2) sustainable economic development and employment for all; (3) managing migration; (4) rule-based global order; (5) civil society partnerships.
In pursuance of its aim, Germany will avail of its membership in the United Nations (UN) Security Council in 2019 – 2020 and it Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2020.
Ambassador Dr. Baryoh emphasized that the firm aspiration of the C-10 is to obtain two permanent member seats on the UN Security Council with voting and veto rights and two non-permanent seats. Africa hopes and trusts that under the capable advocacy of Germany the C-10 can realize reforms it has been pressing for.