MRU Approves 2013 Budget

The Heads of State and Government of the Mano River Union (MRU), at its 22nd Ordinary Session, have endorsed recommendations of its Union Ministerial Council (UMC), including the approval of the 2013 fiscal budget of over US$9 million.

They encouraged Member States to make their contributions in a timely manner to ensure the implementation of planned program activities.

Such action, they noted, would give development partners and donors the desired impetus to lend requisite support to the MRU.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Summit, held in Monrovia, reviewed and took decisions on recommendations made by the UMC on issues bordering on the MRU Secretariat relative to the implementation of decisions taken at the 20th and 21st Ordinary Sessions, held in Monrovia, in July 2011, and in Conakry, in June 2012, respectively; it took decisions on the implementation of critical programs in the interest of the Union, as well as on current developments in the sub-region and on the African Continent.

During their deliberations, the Heads of State examined the recommendations of the UMC on the progress report of the MRU Secretary-General, Ambassador Hadji Dr. Kaba Saran Daraba; the restructuring of the Union Secretariat; the report of the Finance and Administrative Commission; actions to be taken on the agreed sub-regional priority road connectivity network; funding of the MRU Headquarters construction and steps undertaken for its implementation; celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Union; implementation of the West Africa Power Pool program for the Union; and sub-regional and regional political and security issues.

Attending this Session was Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone; Alassane Ouattara, President of Côte d’Ivoire; Professor El-Hadji Alpha Condé, President of Guinea; and  Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Chairperson of the Union and host of the Summit.