Zambia’s High Commissioner to Canada Nevers Mumba has been elected as the new President of the Ottawa Diplomatic Association (ODA).
In his acceptance speech Mumba thanked the delegates at the XII General Assembly of ODA for the confidence placed in him by the members. He stated that, he accepted the honour on behalf of his country Zambia, and Africa as a whole.
Mumba is the first African Head of Mission to ever hold the Presidency of ODA. The nominated candidate’s name is circulated through the various regional groups, for endorsement, i.e. the European Union, the Americas, the African, the Asian, the Arab, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. It is then floated at the Annual General Assembly.
The ODA consists of Diplomatic Agents of Foreign Countries and members of International Organizations accredited to Canada. The Governor General of Canada is the Patron of the Organization.
The outgoing Executive Committee was led by Ambassador Khaled Bahah of Yemen and his first Vice-President was Chan Ho Ha, Ambassador of Korea, the second Vice-President, Camille Robinson-Regis, Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago. Others on the team included the High Commissioner of India, Shashishekhar Gavai, Ambassador of Morocco, Nouzha Chekrouni as Board Members.
Mumba’s team includes, among others, First Vice-President, Johann Georg M. Witschel, German Ambassador, Akbar Zeb, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Canada.
The election took place at the XII General Assembly on 7th October 2010 in Ottawa.