MR MAXIME KONE, DELEGATED MINISTER TO THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, IN CHARGE OF AFRICAN INTEGRATION AND BURKINABE OF THE DIASPORA (MIABE), PAID A VISIT TO AU SAFGRAD COORDINATOR ON THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2021.
The Minister, accompanied by some Officers from his minsitry, paid a coutesy visit to the African Union SAFGRAD’s Office on Friday, 16th April 2021. The Minister and his delegation was received by the Coordinator, Dr Ahmed Elmekass with staff of African Union SAFGRAD.
The Coordinator, Dr Ahmed Elmekass, who is also the current Dean of inter-African organizations in Burkina Faso, welcomed his host and intimated the Minister with a brief establishment history, mandates and activities of AU-SAFGRAD. The Coordinator specifically highlighted the several capacity building programmes orgainized for young researchers that Burkina Faso has benefitted from and also the construction of an insectarium, in Bobo-Dioulasso, in response to problem associated with fruit insects. Continuing, the Coordinator highlighted how the activities of the Office, before Covid-19 pandemic, attracted experts from within and outside the Continents to Burkina Faso. The Coordinator informed his Host of the Office’s recent publication of the framework for irrigation development and agricultural water management in Africa.
For his part, The Honourable Minister, Mr. KONE responded by thanking the Coordinator and Staff of AU-SAFGRAD for the warm reception accorded to him and his team. He said that the visit was part of his familiarization tour of international organizations and partner institutions in Burkina Faso following his recent appointment in January 2021. To him the visit was an opportunity to meet and identify with the organizations and institutions under his ministerial portfolio. In doing so, he hopes to better support regional organizations in their programs and activities. While congratulating and encouraging the inter-African institutions for “their extraordinary work”, he nurtures the hope of finding new windows of collaboration, particularly within the the strategy for African integration, being developed by his Ministry.
On behalf of AU-SAFGRAD, Dr Ahmed Elmekass presented a symbolic gift to the Minister before the guided tour of the Office’ photo gallery that showcases in pictures the Office’ activities.
SOME PICTURES OF THE VISIT
Family photo at the end of the visit
Face-to-face interview between the two Officials with the presence of some close collaborators
Minister Maxime KONE receiving a symbolic gift from Dr Ahmed ELMEKASS
Dr Ahmed ELMEKASS showing to the Minister photos of AU activities SAFGRAD