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Liberia: Internal Affairs Minister Karnwea heads Government delegation AMCOD conference | Print |  E-mail
Written by Debbie Kollie   
Monday, 04 October 2010 17:24

Minister Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr. as head of a 3-man Ministry of Internal Affairs delegation comprising of Hon. Peter Z.N. Kamei, Deputy Minister/Research & Development Planning and Hon. Teeko T. Yorlay, Special Assistant/Assistant Minister (Secretary of Delegation) departed Liberia for Yaoundé, Cameroon to participate in the Extraordinary Session of the All African Ministerial Conference on Decentralization and Local Development (AMCOD) from 26 to 30 September 2010.

Under Decision No: Assembly/Au/Dec 158(VIII) during the 8th ordinary Session of Heads of States and Government Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in January 2007, the All African Ministerial Conference on Decentralization and Local Development (AMCOD) was recognized as a Specialized Technical Committee (STC) of the African Union on Decentralization and Local Development. Amongst other important aims or objectives, AMCOD works in “positioning and operating as an institution of policy making, standard setting, quality assurance, and overall overseer within the decentralization hierarchical norm, of institutions and organs implementing decentralization’ in Africa Union member states. Its membership comprises of all African Union member states ministers responsible for decentralization and local development.

The AMCOD activities began on 28 September 2010 with an opening ceremony at the Yaoundé Conference Center. The opening ceremony kicked off with a speech from the Cameroonian Minister of State, Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization and Chairman of AMCOD.

After the opening ceremony, the Committee of Directors did the following and submitted their advice to the Conference of Ministers for actions and or approval:

i. Reviewed the Draft Constitution of the All African Ministerial Conference on Decentralization and Local Development;

ii. Drafted Resolution No 01/RES/AMCOD/SE1/09/10 to the AMCOD Amended Constitution;

iii. Drafted Resolution No 02/AMCOD/SE1/09/10 to adopt AMCOD Strategic Guidelines for the Period 2010/2015;

iv. Drafted Resolution No 03/AMCOD/RES/09/10 TO FIX THE Financial Contribution for each member state.

v. Drafted Resolution No 04/RES/AMCOD/SE1/09.10 setting up AMCOD Permanent Executive Secretariat;

vi. Drafted Resolution No 05/RES/AMCOD/SE1/09.10 selecting Yaoundé, Cameroon to be the headquarters of the AMCOD

vii. Drafted the Logo of AMCOD

viii. Built AMCOD Website

The Conference of Ministers which is the highest decision making organ of AMCOD them made or took the following decisions at its 30 September 2010 meeting at the Yaoundé Conference Center in Yaoundé, Cameroon:

i. Amended the  Constitution of the All African Ministerial Conference on Decentralization and Local Development;

ii. Passed Resolution No 01/RES/AMCOD/SE1/09/10 to the AMCOD Amended Constitution;

iii. Passed Resolution No 02/AMCOD/SE1/09/10 to adopt AMCOD Strategic Guidelines for the Period 2010/2015;

iv. Passed Resolution No 03/AMCOD/RES/09/10 to fix the Financial Contribution for each member state.

v. Passed Resolution No 04/RES/AMCOD/SE1/09/10 setting up the AMCOD Permanent Secretariat.

vi. Passed  Resolution No 05/RES/AMCOD/SE1/09.10 selecting Yaoundé, Cameroon to be the headquarters of the AMCOD

vii. Endorsed the Logo of AMCOD

viii. Endorsed the AMCOD Website

ix. Agreed that Ivory Coast host the next AMCOD meeting

During the MIA’s team stay in Yaoundé, Cameroon and before the commencement of AMCOD activities, the Liberia head of delegation Minister Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr. held discussions with Mr. Simon Yon Tjega, General Manager of MIFED which is an institution that provides micro loan to   rural poor people involved in small business as a means of enhancing their abilities in commerce and reducing poverty.

Minister Karnwea expressed the interest of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Liberian government in having such micro loan program replicated in Liberia by Mr. Tjega and his institution in undercutting the poverty that currently faces the rural population of Liberia that is in desperate need of such program that will certainly elevate their lives from the present conditions. Minister Karnwea indicated to Mr. Tjega that the Cameroonian experience could be transplanted into Liberia and success achieved especially so when the proper training is given the quick leaning and ever-appreciating people of Liberia. Minister Karnwea on behalf of the Liberia expressed to Mr. Tjega that in this age and time the rural Liberian people that got negatively impacted by the fratricidal Liberian civil upheaval are trying so hard and diligently to rebuild their lives and would appreciate an intervention of such kind and would certainly maximize the opportunities and turn their current conditions around very rapidly and make their communities micro loan success stories most importantly so referencing the Cameroonian experience as a guide.

In another development, Minister heads a 3-man Liberian government delegation to Geneva, Switzerland to participate in the 61st Session of the UNHCR Executive Committee Session that ran from 4 to 8 October 2010 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The Liberian delegation to the EXCOM 2010 includes:

1. Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr.-------------Minister/ Ministry of Internal Affairs

2. Wheatonia Dixon Y. Barnes---------Executive Director, LRRRC

3. Teeko T. Yorlay-----------------------Special Assistant/Assistant Minister/ Ministry of Internal Affairs