European Union (EU) Head of Delegation, Ambassador Attilio Pacifici
“Amb. Pacifici’s Tenure Benefitted Liberia Immensely,” Says Pres. Sirleaf
MONROVIA, November 28 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says under the tenure of the outgoing European Union (EU) Head of Delegation, Ambassador Attilio Pacifici, Liberia successfully utilized about US$277 million committed to fund projects in Liberia.
The Liberian leader named the areas in which the funding was utilized under the 10th EDF as energy, infrastructure, health, institutional support, elections, decentralization, education, food security and forestry, noting that the EU has increased its engagements with Liberia in all relevant areas of the country’s development agenda.
An Executive Mansion release issued here said President Sirlef made the statement during the Investiture Ceremony and Farewell Reception in honor of Ambassador Pacifici held at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday, November 27.
The ceremony was presided over by the President, in her capacity as Grand Master of the Orders of Distinction.
She said under the 11th EDF, the EU is providing about US$348 million over the period 2014 to 2020 to support priority sectors, including Governance through State Building Contracts, Education, Energy and Agriculture.
The Liberian leader indicated that since the Ambassador’s arrival here five years ago, the country has accomplished much in partnership with the EU.
“Your assignment in 2009 which coincided with the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty saw the EU Office here transformed into a fully-fledged Delegation of the EU to Liberia,” she said, noting that the partnership went from humanitarian assistance to development cooperation.
She observed that with passion and drive, Ambassador Pacific helped to bring about the realization of the Liberia-EU Dialogue which under Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement, provides the space for wide-ranging discussions between the two sides covering areas of mutual concern, including democracy, good governance, human rights, and sustainable peace, among others.
“With the Dialogue, our relations with the EU have entered a new stratum. The entry into force in 2013 of the Liberia-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement on governance and trade in forestry products improves our prospects for increased revenues from this vital natural resource while protecting our environment,” President Sirleaf added.
President Sirleaf noted that a framework for discussions have been set which will lead to the conclusion of a Liberia-EU International Fisheries Agreement; adding that Liberia has also joined others in the region in concluding the Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU which will help to bolster the Liberian economy.