Ex-President Jonathan appointed to Board of European Council on Africa and Middle East


By Emmanuel Obisue

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 announcement of the appointment was contained in a statement made available on Wednesday by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze.

Jonathan has therefore become the first sub-Saharan African leader to serve on the board of the ECAM Council, a non-profit organisation established with the purpose of promoting and developing relations between the countries of Europe, Africa and the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region.

While Italy plays a leading role, other members of the Advisory Board are 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.

“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,” a letter from ECAM Council to the Office of Jonathan informing him of the appointment stated.

It noted that the Council was “founded with the purpose of developing 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”.

Meanwhile, Jonathan will be attending this year’s ECAM Council’s high-level advisory board meeting held in Italy on May 30.

Italy on a yearly basis, hosts the ECAM Council, a summit, in cooperation with The European House – Ambrosetti, which brings together a selected group of heads of state, government ministers and heads of multi-lateral 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.