President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Says Post-Ebola Era Needs Financial Entities As Partners
MONROVIA, November 21 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told the United Bank of Africa (UBA) Liberia Limited that post-Ebola reconstruction will require financial institutions partnering with Liberia.
President Sirleaf encouraged the bank and other financial institutions to begin planning for the post-Ebola economic revitalization which, she said, will center on agriculture and macro-finance.
She made the statement at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wednesday when the UBA Liberia Limited made an additional donation of US$300,000 to the Government of Liberia to help in its fight against Ebola.
According to an Executive Mansion releases, the Liberian President believes that financial institutions are indispensable to the country’s growth, and urged the UBA to maintain this partnership.
President Sirleaf termed the donation as a reinforcement of the good partnership between Liberia, the UBA and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, describing it as “a long standing partnership benefiting all sides.”
She praised UBA’s strong commitment to Liberia’s recovery and assured the bank that its interventions in Liberia, especially in the Ebola fight, have had a great impact on efforts to contain the disease.
President Sirleaf particularly expressed delight that Liberians took ownership and leadership of the Ebola fight through the various communities with support from partners.
The release said the Liberian leader asked CEO Chioma Mang to convey, on behalf of the Liberian people, great sentiments and appreciation to her counterpart, President Goodluck Jonathan, for encouraging Nigerian businesses to invest in Liberia.
She also commended the chairman of the group, Tony Elumelu, for bracing the storm to invest in Liberia especially at the time when everything was broken down after years of war.
In remarks earlier, the UBA Liberia CEO, Ms. Chioma Mang, said the amount being the second intervention by UBA, was a further demonstration of the strong show of solidarity with the Government of Liberia.
She believes progress can never be made in human and economic development if Ebola is not totally eradicated, adding, “The improvement recorded in Liberia is remarkable and we appreciate and commend your effort.”
In September the bank donated a pick-up truck as logistic support to government’s fight against Ebola.