President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Urges Partners To Aid Ebola-Affected MRU States
MONROVIA, March 10 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on international partners at the Brussels meeting on the post-Ebola economic recovery of the three most-affected Mano River Union (MRU) countries that it would require huge inputs to stabilize these countries.
“If we are to achieve our economic goals, more will be required,” she said while speaking on behalf of the three affected countries represented at the meeting organized by the European Union recently.
President Sirleaf indicated that investing partners must give back more in fair taxes, fair pricing and fair high-level job opportunities.
She noted that in turn “we must do more to create conducive environment by making it easier to do business and by better control of corruption,” adding:
“We urge development partners to utilize country systems for disbursement and implementation of post-Ebola recovery activities.”
“We welcome equally the call by the Economic Commission for Africa to provide direct budget support and debt cancellation for our affected countries and urge partners to renew their commitment to mutual accountability by giving full disclosure of all resources committed to them for the fight against Ebola,” she said.
The Liberian leader expressed gratitude to Brussels Airlines, Royal Air Maroc and Air France that maintained flights to the three affected countries and to Air Cote d' Ivoire which has resumed flights.
On behalf of representatives of the three MRU countries she extended thanks to the European Union for hosting the event, “providing us a forum to exchange views on the progress and the challenges that resulted from this disease as well as on the way forward to restore dignity and accelerate development to our people”.