Welcome message from the Chair

Dear Friends, Welcome to the 2nd quarter 2019 Newsletter. I am honored and excited to be the new Chair of the g7+, replacing H.E. Nabeela F. Tunis who has taken up new portfolio as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Sierra Leone. The second quarter of 2019 has been very productive for the g7+ with two major Ministerial Meetings – the Justice Ministers’ meeting and the Annual g7+ Ministers’ meeting – held back to back in June 2019.

I would like to thank g7+ member countries for the active engagement that made our 5th Ministerial Meeting, held in Lisbon, Portugal from 26-27 June 2019 was a huge success. I look forward to our collective efforts in achieving the commitments and priorities set out in the Lisbon Communiqué. The g7+ family I expresses its grave concern for the people of Yemen who are facing the horrors of an active conflict and famine. In the same vein, the g7+ family also shares the agony of the People of Democratic Republic of Congo, who are facing an outbreak of Ebola that has claimed so many lives and has become a global concern. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in these two countries and to support them in any way we could bring an end to their predicament and for them to forge ahead with their pursuit of peace and development in their respective countries.

I commend the effort of our development partners in their continued support to the g7+ group’s agenda of peacebuilding and statebuilding at the country and globally. We thanked in particular, the Government of Sweden for their support to the g7+ Secretariat, the pledge of support by the Government of Finland and we look forward to expanding our collaboration with the Republic of Korea and other potential donors. I thank you and hope you enjoy reading our newsletter.

Francis Mustapha Kaikai
Minister of Planning and Economic Development and chair of the g7+



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