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Sierra Leonean to Head ECOSOCC Secretariat In Lusaka

Zambia has welcomed the appointment of Mr. William Carew, a Sierra Leonean national, as the Principal Coordinator or Head of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) Secretariat, an African Union Organ which be located in Lusaka.

The appointment follows a competitive African Union recruitment processes which commenced in 2018.

In a Note Verbale to His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union and the Economic Commission for Africa, His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba congratulated Mr. William Carew, on his appointment.

Mr. Mwamba noted that Carew was a well experienced officer in ECOSOCC and civil society matters, having been attached to the ECOSOCC Organ within the Directorate of Citizens and Diaspora Organisation (CIDO) of the African Union for years.

Mr. Mwamba urged the African Union Commission, and Mr.Carrey  to ensure that the Secretariat was operationalize and set up in Lusaka as soon as possible.

He said Carey has been instrumental on the ECOSOCC reforms and has worked very well with the Zambian Mission in Addis Ababa as well as with officials from Lusaka.

He hoped that with the appointment of the Head of the Secretariat, the recruitment process for the remaining staff of the ECOSOCC Secretariat would be finalised as well, so that the Secretariat in Lusaka could be operational and begin to offer quality advisory services to the African Union, as per the expectation of Member States and all the other relevant stakeholders.

Zambia’s bid to Host the Secretariat of ECOSOCC in Lusaka was presented to the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union during the 26th Ordinary Session in January, 2016, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Assembly welcomed and fully supported Zambia’s bid and urged Zambia working with the Commission to expedite the processes regarding legal, structural and financial implications of the relocation.

The ECOSOCC Secretariat in Lusaka will have a full establishment of 27 posts.

The first batch of 11 posts were advertised early in 2018 and the second batch of 4 posts were recently advertised in June this year.

The remaining 12 posts will be filled-up in the next 3 years. For 2019, ECOSOCC has a total budget of USD 4,017,004.14

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