President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Urges Private Sector Role In Post-Ebola Recovery
MONROVIA, February 26 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on the private sector to be repositioned to drive Liberia's post-Ebola recovery.
In a meeting with Bill Scotting, Chief Executive Officer of ArcelorMittal, she indicated that Liberia continues to show great progress in getting to zero new transmission and would need the private sector to step up in helping the country recover from the sharp decline in the economy caused by the Ebola outbreak.
The Liberian leader pointed to the falling prices in key exports of iron ore and rubber and promised the Liberian Government’s support to ensure that these big contributors to the economy are not permitted to fail.
For his part, CEO Scotting reconfirmed ArcelorMittal's continued commitment to Liberia and denied reports that the company had laid off 900 employees, according to a dispatch from the U.S.
He admitted that falling prices of iron ore presented serious difficulties at this time but reassured the President that ArcelorMittal will continue to do all it can, working with the Liberian Government, to keep its commitments to Liberia.