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President Issoufou Appeals For Cancellation of Ebola Hit Countries' Debts
MONROVIA, January 8 (LINA)- The President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, has appealed to the international community to cancel the debts of Liberia and other countries hit by the Ebola crisis.
President Issoufou made the appeal Wednesday at a news conference held at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County during a one-day solidarity visit he and the President of Benin, Thomas Yayi Boni, paid to Liberia.
President Issoufou's appeal comes against the backdrop that Liberia’s economic growth rate has declined from “eight” to “zero” percent, as a result of Ebola outbreak which has to led to the loss of essential revenue by Liberia and other Ebola hit countries.
Issoufou also highlighted the fact that the Ebola virus has scared potential investors away from these countries, leading to the halting of ongoing road and other development projects, which have imposed a strain on the economies of these countries.
“This is a call for help I am making to the international community; that it is important for investors to return to Liberia and to examine the possibility of cancelling the debts of the three countries that are struggling with the Ebola virus,” Issoufou said.
Meanwhile, Issoufou has informed the world that it is now safe and possible to travel to and do business in Liberia due to the immense achievement the country has made in combating the Ebola virus.
Earlier, President Thomas Yayi Boni of Benin also appealed for the cancellation of Liberia’s debts, noting that lack of economic activities in Liberia and other affected nations will make it impossible for these countries to cope with future challenges when they are indebted