CAPE VERDE- ZIMBABWEAN, Director of the Meteorological Services Department in Zimbabwe, Dr Amos Makarau has been elected president of the World Meteorological Organisation Africa Regional Association at a meeting held in Cape Verde recently.
Makarau was elected unanimously and will serve as president for the next four years .
He will be deputised by Â Daouda Konate of Ivory Coast.
This comes at time when Africa is feeling the effects of severe weather and adverse effects of climate change and Â has become the most Â vulnerable continent in terms of weather and climate .
Makarau also Â automatically becomes a member of the governing body of the World Meteorological Organisationâ€™s executive council which meets in Geneva the WMO headquarters.
In his acceptance speech, Dr Makarau, thanked the delegates for having confidence in his ability to lead the development of meteorology on the continent for the next four years.
â€œ We have a shared common vision for the development of meteorology in Africa. The main functions of the RA 1 (Africa) management team as per the WMO Convention,” said Makarau
Makarau said Â his mission will be to promote the execution of the resolutions of Congress and the Executive Council in their respective Regions;
(ii) To consider matters brought to their attention by the Executive Council;
(iii) To discuss matters of general interest and to coordinate meteorological and related activities in their respective Regions;
(iv) To make recommendations to Congress and the Executive Council on matters within the purposes of the Organization; and
(v) To perform such other functions as may be conferred on them by Congress.
Forty-one Â African countries attended the 16th Session of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Regional Association (RA I) Africa, including representatives of regional economic groupings as well as African technical institutions.
The meeting also Â discussed what the Association and member states have achieved in the field of meteorology for the past four years and shared success stories within the continent.
The association is considering the WMO strategy plan for the period 2016 â€“ 2019 and see if it is aligned to the RA I strategy. – ACCCKF