By Shey Tatah D.L Sevidzem
African diaspora organisations in Europe and stakeholders in the 5 Pilot Countries." While Specific objectives were to:
- Test and validate the desirability of [opportunity for] an Africa-Europe platform,
such as we are working on ;
- Collect the views and expectations of all stakeholders and gather suggestions on
the basis of a pre-established questionnaire on development cooperation ;
- Organise meetings and establish/improve strategic relations between diaspora
organisations in Europe, local authorities, and non-state actors in the Pilot
- Facilitate mutual understanding of priorities and constraints ;
- Test criteria for, and validity of, good practices [collected as part of the EADPD
- Obtain the engagement of the Pilot Countries through the signature by each
contact of a formal document of approval recognising the Africa-Europe Platform.
|DR Yera Dembele & Shey Tatah|
The meeeting which started on a public holiday Monday the 14th October gave room for the Team to meet as the Team leader Dr Yera met with the other members individually. This gave room for Private consultations and seeking solutions to the adjusted programme squeezed into three full workings as supposed to five.
Tuesday which happened to be the Feast of the Ram and another public holiday, opened doors for the team to meet other families and individuals and the opportunity enjoy the Capital city of Yaounde. One of the families visited was that of Pa Ndze Godheart (Uncle to Shey Tatah) and a host of St Patrick members who offered Dr Yera a warm reception to Cameroon.
|Papa Ndze & Dr Yera|
Dr Yera as Tradition demands was offered a bottle of Whisky and asked to pour libetion as sign of respect for the Ancestral ground. This he did with a lot of enthusiasm
|Dr Yera Pours Libetion|
|Dr Yera & St Patrick Family|
The Mission proper kicked off on wednesday the 16th of October and there was no other better place to begin with than in one of our sponsor country the Swiss Embassy in Cameroon.
|Dr Yera & Swiss Ambassador|
|The Team & Swiss Ambassador|
|Shey Tatah & Swiss Ambassador|
Claude Altermatt Swiss Ambassador to Cameroon who later expressed his apologies for not being up to date with the platform due to the fact that he was just taking over office from his predesccessor.
Mr Claude Altermatt after carefully listening to the speakers expressed his wish for collaboration but at the same time did not hide his feelings for his points of interests which was wishing the Platform could also serve as a trusted body to handle migrant issues for the benefit of both "parties".
This was left opened for discussions in the future as the Team promised to deliberate on such challenges during their 3rd expert meeting in Brussels November 2013.
Both Parties left perfectly satisfied as positive and constructive ideas have been shared as well giving room for collaboration.
The Team stopped over at the Ministry of External Affairs whose Director heartily gave the Team a befitting Welcome. Due to time constraints the Team was obliged to reschedule the deliberations at the ministry to catch up with the Appointment at the European Union.
The boss of this department was flexible enough to adjust his program fit that of the AEP Team
|Minister Delegate at the Ministry of External Relation & Dr Yera|
At The European Union (EU), The Team met with Mr Maxime MONTAGNER, Chargé de Programme and Massimo DIOMEDI CAMASSEI Attaché – Chargé des affaires économiques et commerciales.
At the European Union, the Team leader Dr Yera presented the rest of the delegation, the platform and the objectives of the mission then later exchanged the nature the Platform has taken and the role it has played in its politics and activities. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-JFau5orG0
Plénipotentiaire, Chef de division des Camerounais à l’étranger Mr Billong Benjamin, opened the doors of his office wide open following up every move on all the activities, and providing refreshments that strengthened the delegates on a busy mission. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIqw-2Yx5Q4
|Mr Billong Benjamin|
|Mr Billong & Team|
Furthermore, views were shared on the concept of the focal points and the concrete points expected.
The team later discussed existing opportunities that could be useful to the platform.
This meeting ended prematurely as the Team had another call at the French Embassy with three different actors.
|French Embassy Cameroon|
|AEP & French leaders|
This took the AEP Team to the National Employment Fond (FNE) received by
Mr. José Ndziga Obama Directeur de l’Agence internationale. He welcomed the Team and went forward to seek to know the reason for the visit. He was briefed by the Team leader Dr Yera who explained the platform and the Mission .