Jonathan Bags European Council Appointment


Former President Goodluck Jonathan has been appointed to the international advisory board of the European Corporate Council on Africa and the Middle East (ECAM Council.

The ex-President’s Special Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze disclosed this in a statement. According to Eze, by the appointment, Dr Jonathan becomes the first sub-Saharan African leader to serve on the board of the ECAM Council, a non-profit organisation established to promote and develop relations between the countries of Europe, Africa and the MENA (the Middle East and North Africa) region, with Italy playing a leading role.

Eze gave the names of other members of the Advisory board including Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister, José Manuel Barroso, former President of the European Commission, Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf, Secretary-General GCC Gulf Cooperation Council and Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy at the African Union Commission (AUC).

He further disclosed that a letter from ECAM Council to the office of Dr Jonathan informing him of the appointment stated: “For your information, the Chairman of ECAM Council Dr Kamel Ghribi is well acquainted with Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. We are setting up an international advisory board of ECAM Council and Dr Ghribi would be delighted to welcome him on board.”

Eze also informed that the letter noted that the Council was “founded to develop realistic, effective and long-lasting solutions for more sustainable healthcare systems, with a special focus on the common issues affecting the Southern hemisphere of the globe.”

“Dr Jonathan will be attending this year’s ECAM Council’s high-level advisory board meeting to be held in Italy on 30th May.

“Every year in Italy, ECAM Council hosts a summit, in cooperation with The European House – Ambrosetti. It brings together a selected group of heads of state, government ministers and heads of multilateral agencies and focuses on long-term investment and international partnerships in healthcare and infrastructure, as well as the contribution of the private sector in creating strategic hubs in the African continent”, Eze stated.

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