January 12, 2014
ECOWAS Pledges Support To Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation
MONROVIA, Jan 12 (LINA) -The West African regional grouping, ECOWAS, has pledged support to the Liberian government in achieving its five-year Agenda for Transformation launched in 2012.
The Agenda, which is part of the country’s Vision 2030, aims to consolidate peace and stability in the post-war country and transform it into a middle-level economy.
According to a statement by the ECOWAS Commission Sunday, the Special Representative of the ECOWAS Commission in Liberia, Mr. Tunde Ajisomo made the pledge during a ceremony marking the presentation of his letters of credence to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Monrovia recently.
According to the statement, the ECOWAS Special Representative affirmed the thrust of the sub-regional Vision 2020 aimed at deepening regional integration and transforming the region from an ECOWAS of States to an ECOWAS of the People.
He assured President Sirleaf of ECOWAS’ continued support to the government and people of Liberia, as evidenced by the re-opening of the office of Special Representative of ECOWAS President at ambassadorial level.
The office was first opened in 2004 but closed in 2010.
In remarks, President Sirleaf thanked the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, for reopening the ECOWAS Office in Liberia, and commended the regional grouping for resolving conflicts in the region and especially for the leadership role it played in the resolution of the Liberian conflict.
She assured the envoy of her government’s fullest support in the discharge of his duties in Liberia.
The Liberian leader then called on ECOWAS and international partners to adopt an integrated approach in dealing with the challenges of human and drug-trafficking and other organized cross-border crimes, including illegal trade in small arms and light weapons as well as terrorism.
She also called for the fast-tracking of regional infrastructural development.