President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Liberia To Provide Financial Help To Ebola-Affected Firms
MONROVIA, March 15 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said government will provide financial help to companies that were affected by the Ebola crisis as part of efforts to restart the stalled economy.
Before the epidemic erupted last year, Liberia’s economy was projected to grow 5.9 percent annually, but the outbreak ground it and sent it into the negative zone as many firms shut down and left the country.
Speaking while on an official visit to the U.S. to lobby for assistance, Pres. Sirleaf also said her priorities are to rebuild Liberia’s health-care system, restart infrastructure development projects and attract foreign investors.
“I will implement my agenda,” she said in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal in New York.
She acknowledged the damage done by the Ebola outbreak, but argued that the cooperation generated by the campaign to combat Ebola could be harnessed to help get Liberia back on track.
Liberians accounted for more than 40 percent of the 10,000 people in West Africa killed by the epidemic, according to the World Health Organization.
But earlier this month, the last confirmed Ebola patient in Liberia was discharged from a treatment center in Monrovia.
To prevent further job losses, President Sirleaf said her government would work with companies to offer financial relief such as reduced fuel prices and waivers on taxes and royalties.
She declined to identify companies that would be offered financial aid.