Ambassador Nyenabo and Ambassador Mika-Markus Leinonen, head of delegation of the European Union to the OPCW Conference
FROM The Benelux!!!
Brussels November 6th, 2020 — The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Liberia, Hon. Dee-Maxweel Saah Kemayah arrived in Brussels, Belgium for a one day working Session.
According to a Dispatch from Brussels, the Foreign Minister on his one day visit met with several high ranking EU Officials, amongst which was H.E Ambassador Koen Vervaeke, Managing Director, Managing Director of African Affairs at the European Extended Action Service (EEAS) to discuss and reinforce Liberia’s effort to further promote Bilateralism and Multilateralism aimed at strengthen Economic Cooperation, and maintain relations with the EU and its member states.
During the discussions, The Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed his gratitude to the EU for the partnership and extended H.E President George M. Weah highest esteemed and sentiments to the Presidents of the EU, H.E Charles Michel, of the European Council and Madam Ursula Von Der, of the European Commission.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs discussion was centered around, the ongoing Post 2020 negotiations, Sustainable Economic growth, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Agriculture and fisheries, Migration and mobility, Peace and Security, Cooperative investment in Youth through market-responsive education by rolling out more vocational training, as well as possibilities for budgeting support our upcoming Midterm elections.
Minister Kemeyah, further asserted that ripple effect of COVID-19 has seriously affected the economies of developing countries with Liberia of no exception. He noted that among various items on his roadmap which is keeping with President’s agenda, he intends to further build relations with EU through bilateral and multilateral engagements, reformed the Ministry of Foreign to accommodate current contemporary Diplomacy
It can be recalled that in February 2018, the EU programmed its Financial support to Liberia through the National Indicative Programme and the 11EDF for period 2018-2020 with KEY interventions aimed at responding to the government PRO-POOR AGENDA.
Minister Dee-Maxweel Saah Kemayah, however, recounted the existence of the partnership which goes back since 1975 when Liberia signed ACP-EU partnership in George Town which included areas of governance, freedom of speech, health infrastructure development, etc. The Minister also assured the EU of Liberia’s current efforts in resolving the issues concerning the Yellow-Card imposed by the EU on Liberia Maritime and fisheries.
For his part, The MD, Ambassador Koen Vervaeke, expressed his appreciation for the level of commitment and cooperation of the Government of Liberia towards multilateralism, he thanked the Hon Minister for the exchange and congratulated him for his recent appointment. He, however assured the Minister of the EU continuous engagement through a mutual partnership.
The Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs was accompanied to the European Extended Action Service by Ambassador Dr. Isaac W. Nyenabo, II – Ambassador of Liberia to the BENELUX and Senve Darlington Tehmeh, Minister- Counsellor Press and Public Affairs.
As part of the Visit, The Minister also meet with Diplomatic Officers and the General Staff at the Embassy in Brussels where he thanked them for their service to country and encourage them to work in the interest of the Country.
Brussels, Belgium November 7, 2020: Liberia’s Foreign Minister Honourable Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah arrived in Brussels, Belgium for a one day working session with EU officials.
According to a Dispatch from Brussels, the Foreign Minister met with several EU officials, including H.E Ambassador Koen Vervaeke, Managing Director, Managing Director of African Affairs at the European Extended Action Service (EEAS) to discuss and reinforce EU-Liberia effort to further promote bilateralism and multilateralism aimed at strengthening economic cooperation.
During the discussions, Minister Kemayah expressed gratitude to the EU for the partnership and extended esteemed sentiments from President George Manneh Weah to the Presidents of the EU, H.E Charles Michel, of the European Council and Madam Ursula Von Der, of the European Commission.
The discussions also centered around, the ongoing Post 2020 negotiations, sustainable economic growth, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Agriculture and fisheries, Migration and mobility, Peace and Security, Cooperative investment in Youth through market-responsive education by rolling out more vocational training, as well as possibilities for budget support to Liberia’s upcoming Midterm elections.
Minister Kemayah, further asserted that ripple effect of COVID-19 has seriously affected the economies of developing countries with Liberia being no exception. He noted that among various items on his roadmap which is keeping with President’s foreign policy agenda, he intends to further enhance relations with EU through more direct engagements.
The Minister spoke of plans to reform the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to accommodate current contemporary diplomacy.
It can be recalled that in February 2018, the EU programmed its financial support to Liberia through the National Indicative Programme and the 11EDF for period 2018-2020 with key interventions aimed at responding to the government’s PRO-POOR AGENDA FOR PROSPERITY AND DEVELOPMENT.
The Liberian Foreign Minister recounted the existence of the partnership which goes back to 1975 when Liberia signed ACP-EU partnership in George Town which covered areas of governance, freedom of speech, health infrastructure development, etc.
He also assured the EU of Liberia’s current efforts in resolving the issues concerning the Yellow-Card imposed by the EU on Liberia Maritime and fisheries activities.
For his part, Ambassador Koen Vervaeke, expressed appreciation for the level of commitment and cooperation of the Government of Liberia towards multilateralism. He thanked foreign Minister Kemayah for the exchange and congratulated him for his recent appointment.
He assured the minister of the EU continuous engagement through a mutual partnership.
Minister was accompanied to the European Extended Action Service by Ambassador Dr. Isaac W. Nyenabo, II Liberian ambassador to the EU, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg and Mr. Senve Darlington Tehmeh, Minister – Counsellor Press and Public Affairs at the Liberian embassy in Brussels.
As part of the visit, foreign Minister Kemayah also met with Diplomatic Officers and General Staff at the Embassy in Brussels where he thanked them for their service to country and encourage them to work in the interest of the Country.
FROM THE Benelux
The Embassy of Liberia to the Benelux Countries and the European Union wishes to inform All Embassies, Diplomatic/Consular Missions and the General Public that the Embassy will partially be closed from the December 23th, 2020 to January 3rd, 2020 in obervarance of the holiday season.
The Embassy wishes to inform that in cases of emergency, The Embassy can be contacted as follow:
Note Verbale from Diplomatic Mission (s) for the issuance of Visas will be treated on an emergency basis.
The Embassy of the Republic of Liberia avails itself of this opportunity to renew to All Embassies, Diplomatic Missions and the General Public the assurances of its highest consideration.
The Government of Liberia last year 2020 ratified two custom instruments, The Revised KYOTO convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of customs procedures RKc, and The Nairobi Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance for the Prevention, Investigation and Repression of Custom offenses (Nairobi Convention). The Head of Mission, H.E Ambassador Isaac W. Nyenabo today formally notified the Secretary General that Republic of Liberia has acceded to the International Convention on the simplification and harmonization of Customs procedures, done at Kyoto 26-June-1999 and amended in 2006 as well as the Nairobi Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance, a dispatch from Brussels quoted.
During the bilateral meeting after the deposit, H.E elaborated on several issues that the KYOTO convention intends to address, transparency and predictability of custom actions, standardization and simplification of the goods declaration and supporting documents, simplified procedures for authorized persons, maximum use of information technology, minimum necessary customs control to ensure compliance with regulations amongst other things. Ambassador further lamented on the Nairobi Declaration and why it is so important with the aim at affording parties’ mutual assistance with a view of preventing, investigating and repressing customs offences and as well as share assistance by customs administration who are party to the convention. Ambassador Nyenabo further stress H.E The President, Dr. George M. Weah continues commitment to multilateralism and collective global adherence to protocols. H.E the Ambassador informed Dr. Mikuriya that due to the current pandemic, and considering the travel restriction, a full delegation that would have included Custom Authority were unable to make full notification.
For His part, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya extended his appreciation to H.E The President of Liberia, the Legislature of Liberia and the People of Liberia for acceding to this two very important instrument. He, however thank H.E Ambassador for the formal notification and deposit, stating that the WCO enjoys good relationships with Liberia’s Mission at the EU and Liberia customs authority. The World Custom Organization was established in 1952 as the custom Co-operation council and currently constitutes 183 custom authorities, the organization main objective is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of custom Administration, provides guidance, foster exchange information between custom administration as well as govern framework and conventions that facilitate and secure free flow of international Trade.
Liberia begin member on Jan 7th, 1975 and has since been engaged through several partnership and cooperation, ranging from, import and export traffic, Modernization and classification of tariff work, Valuation of customs infrastructure and classification, strengthening cooperation between parties involved in clearance of relief consignment, coding systems and other international best practices. It can also be recalled that at the request of the Liberia revenue Authority, The WCO conducted a mission in Liberia with the purpose of establishing a set of activities that would provide tailor made technical assistance and other capacity building activities that would strengthen LRA technical assistance.
Your Excellency, the Permanent Representatives of ECOWAS and WAEMU to the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the European Union
Distinguished Excellences and Colleagues! I am deeply thankful for your cooperation given me during my tenure as coordinator of our Group, The West African Region Group of Ambassadors since last year October 2020.
will also like to congratulate the incoming chair, H.E _________ of Mali and wish to pledge my full support and commitment to your leadership as coordinator of our group.
Let me also offer my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the Permanent Representatives of ECOWAS, H. E Hemou, and the Secretary for the profound work during our tenure aim at addressing some of the issues faced by our group.
Excellencies, it is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed our efforts and requires an urgent need to significantly strengthen our efforts, coordination by engaging with our international partners through the many bilateral and multilateral agreements as it has affected all our economies as well.
Excellencies, with the success of my predecessor H. E Mr. Alfredo Cabral Lopes, Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, you will recall that we highlighted several issues that were of focus to our region and group in which we intended to address, Post Cotonou Negotiation, the political situation our region visa-vi the elections, regional approach towards the combat of COVID-19 with our development partner, anti-money laundering, and counterterrorism during our tenure.
Excellencies, during the period under review, many countries in our region went to elections in the latter part of last year and we are glad that they were peacefully. The Republic of Ghana, The Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, The Republic of Niger, the Republic of Guinea, The Republic of Burkina Faso and my own country, the Republic of Liberia. peaceful, fair, and transparent elections in our region strengthen stability and security, and further assist in attracting the partnership that is much needed to help us achieve rapid and sustainable development for our people. Similarly, we can safely say that the Post-2020 Contonou agreement is now finalize.
With regards to the anti-money laundering, and counterterrorism, I will like to thank H.E Madame Harriet Sena Siaw-Boateng, Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana who has served as our regional representative to the Ad hoc Ministerial contact group on the European Union list of non-cooperative tax Jurisdiction, anti-money laundering and counter—terrorism has done so very diligently and profound.
Distinguish colleagues, the process of revision of our rules, guideline and protocol for the group is fast in progress.
Distinguish Ambassador and incoming Chair, you can always count on me for full support.
I will let to thank you once again. Thank you.