ICGLR remains the best mechanism for resolving conflict and ensuring Security,  Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region: Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 


Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo 5th June, 2018: The National Coordinators of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) concluded their meeting held on 1-2 June, 2018 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo to receive and discuss report of the proposed Secretariat restructuring. 

In his statement during the opening session of the meeting, the Guest of Honour, H.E. Aggée Aje Matembo Toto, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Congo, reiterated his indispensable duty to thank and welcome all participants to DRC and noted that the ICGLR remains the best mechanism for resolving conflict and ensuring Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region. He noted the crucial role played by the National Coordination Mechanism in the implementation of the Pact and called for strengthening of the organization which is the primary responsibility of the meeting. 

On his part Ambassador Zachary Muburi-Muita, the ICGLR Executive Secretary expressed his gratitude to H.E. Joseph Kabila Kabange, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for his steadfast commitment to the ICGLR Mechanism exemplified by sponsoring the meeting of the National Coordinators and thanked the DRC National Coordinator for working tirelessly to ensure the meeting took place. 

The Executive Secretary noted several myriad challenges facing the ICGLR which he caution the National Coordinators that resolving them requires taking stock and plotting the most optimal way to chart the course of the organization for the years to come and ensure that it delivers on its ambitious agenda. He said “the Great Lakes Region has undergone significant change during the last decade since the promulgation of the ICGLR as an innovative Mechanism designed to proactively address growing impediments to sustained peace and development in the region”. He said “there is indisputable consensus around the central idea of collective action as essential to our common security and the prosperity of our people of the Great Lakes region”. It is in that spirit that the 7thICGLR Ordinary Summit in October 2017 affirmed the importance of continuing to strengthen the institutional base of the organization, and improve its capacity to execute its important mission. He concluded In his remarks, Raphael Malonga, the National Coordinator of Republic of Congo and Chairperson of the Committee National Coordinators expressed gratitude to the DRC government for hosting and sponsoring the National Coordinators meeting including putting excellent facilities at the disposal of National Coordinators to enable a successful meeting. He noted that restructuring the organisation is subject to consultations and approval by relevant organs.  

In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Vinalu Kakese, the National Coordinator of the Democratic Republic of Congo, gave a historic account of the ICGLR mechanism and its mandate for security, stability and development in the Great Lakes region. He urged the meeting to reflect on the overall value of the organisation and build a strong institution that ICGLR Member states will continuously be proud to belong.  

On 3rd June, 2018 the National Coordinators took part in a day-long workshop reinforcing their expertise on statelessness in order to play a key role in implementing the commitments of the Brazzaville Declaration and Action Plan, together with Focal Points on statelessness in the Member States, to eradication of statelessness as adopted in October 2017 by ICGLR Member States. In the Declaration, States committed to ratifying the international conventions on statelessness by 2019, and to developing an ICGLR Protocol on the eradication of statelessness: 

The Meeting was attended by the National Coordinators or their representatives from the following Member States: Republic of Angola, Republic of Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of South Sudan, Republic of the Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Zambia.

The meeting was also attended by ICGLR Secretariat Senior Staff, the Commander of the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM), the Coordinator of the Joint Intelligence Fusion Center (JIFC), the Executive Director of the Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre, the Acting Director of the Regional Training Facility, and the representative of the ICGLR Forum of Parliament.

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