Former Foreign Minister of Liberia, Madam Olubanke King-Akerele, has paid a courtesy call on Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (MP).
The visit took place on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at the Ghanaian Foreign Minister’s Office in Accra.
Madam King-Akerele is the Board Chair of the Angie Brooks International Centre for Women Empowerment, Leadership and she is the founder of the Kofi Annan Living Memorial (KALM) in Liberia and served in Liberia under ex-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from 2006 to 2010.
The purpose of the meeting was for Madam King-Akerele to express gratitude to Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey for acknowledging her commitment towards the establishment of the Kofi Annan Living Memorial (KALM).
It was also intended to update the Foreign Minister on developments on the Memorial concept and as well present her book on “Accelerating Africa’s Integration through Micro-Regionalism, A Case Study Of Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique growth triangle and it’s impact.”
KALM was formally launched on March 18, 2019 at One United Nations House, although the establishment process was initiated during the 2018 UN Day Observation in the Republic of Liberia.
It is intended to memorialize the late Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan, through the continuation of his work of peace and service to humanity.
During the Accra visit, Hon. Ayorkor Botchwey enquired about the programmes under the KALM in Liberia and efforts to actualize the full scale of the concept.
She assured Madam King-Akerele of the readiness of the Ministry to work together with her in exploring ways of sustaining the initiative.
Madam Ayorkor Botchwey went on to commend the Liberian ex-Minister for taking time to author a book on accelerating Africa’s integration.
She informed her about Ghana’s long-standing works towards the Integration of Africa.
On her part, Madam King-Akerele, observed the need for Africa and indeed the globe to celebrate and remember those who help to make the world a better place to live.
She urged that “we must acknowledge those who helped to build our societies.”
“There’s no better way to commemorate Kofi Annan than to promote his ideals which he held so dearly through the establishment of a similar Living Memorial by the entity that he had agreed to establish in 2006” Madam King-Akerele said.
Like the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAI PTC) in Accra, the Kofi Annan Living Memorial Centre in Liberia will train young Africans in conflict prevention. This the centre believes will create a generation that will emulate the values of the late United Nations (UN) Secretary General.
The first batch of trainees have passed out.