Membership progress strengthens ties with Africa
With the induction of Eritrea as a member country of INBAR and a new MoU signed with Cameroon, the month of November brought big developments in INBAR’s membership from African countries.
Eritrea’s induction ceremony was a bittersweet time for INBAR’s outgoing Chair of the Board of Trustees, as this had been one of his special projects. Though he is an Italian citizen, Dr. Tesfai Tecle is originally from Eritrea.
“As I’m starting what is possibly my last formal engagement as Chair of the INBAR Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Tecle, “I am so delighted that it falls on me to welcome my own country to INBAR.”
H.E. Tseggai Tesfazion, Ambassador of the State of Eritrea to China, spoke of the wealth of opportunities INBAR membership offered for the technological advancement of Eritrea. H.E. Tesfazion said he hoped that Eritrea could reap the environmental and economic benefits as many of its sister countries in Africa have already begun to do.
Co-chair of the INBAR Board of Trustees Prof. Jiang Zehui also spoke of the significance of the day of the ceremony, Nov. 6, 2013, which happens to be the 16h anniversary of INBAR’s establishment.
“The admission of Eritrea is the best birthday present INBAR could receive,” said Prof. Jiang.
November also brought the signing of a new MoU with INBAR member country Cameroon.
H.E. Martin Mpana, Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon to China, sat down with INBAR Director General Coosje Hoogendoorn to sign an agreement honoring the commitment of both parties to strengthen inclusive, green development in Cameroon. The ambassador expressed his gratitude to INBAR and its staff for their perseverance and dedication to its relationship with his country.
The original agreement will last for five years and details provisions for personnel training, policy and livelihoods development and research, among other things. Both parties agreed to work together in partnership to improve the lives of Cameroon’s many bamboo and rattan stakeholders.