President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Liberia Must Manufacture Finished Products - Pres. Sirleaf
MONROVIA, June 26 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has observed that Liberia must transform from purely an exporting nation of raw materials to a manufacturer of finished products.
“Liberia resolved to embark on a progressive development agenda in a bid to regain our lost pride from infrastructural and economic degradation. Subsequently, in February 2012, we launched a national development agenda, Vision 2030, with the aspiration of projecting Liberia into a middle income country by 2030,” she said.
She explained that Liberia was well on the path of economic stability and rebuilding, including significant progress made in priority sectors as economic growth was soaring and the livelihoods of Liberians were significantly being made healthier.
She made the statement when she received the Letters of Credence from six new Ambassadors accredited to Liberia, according to an Executive Mansion release.
The Liberian leader, while receiving the six Ambassadors at separate ceremonies at her Foreign Ministry office on Thursday, June 25, conveyed appreciation on behalf of the Liberian Government and people for the excellent and cordial relations subsisting between these countries and Liberia and in trying to uplift the bilateral relations to another level.
“As we began to recount our gains, Ebola struck and began to invalidate the progress made over the years,” the Liberian President noted.
She stressed that the Ebola virus has had a grave impact on the country’s development drive and the economy, and informed the six new diplomats that a post-Ebola recovery plan has been developed to mitigate the economic challenges.
She pointed out that private sector partnerships will be highly encouraged and anticipated to aid the recovery process.
“We are quite aware that this ambition comes with huge challenges amongst which are infrastructure such as roads, power and ports,” she stressed.
President Sirleaf also highlighted Government’s five-year program, the “Agenda for Transformation (AfT)”, aimed at supporting nearly all of the pillars of Liberia Rising Vision 2030, and acknowledged the six countries support in various areas, particularly health, water and sanitation, security and gender.
She expressed thanks and appreciation all the partners including the six countries for standing alongside Liberia in confronting the huge challenges engendered by the Ebola virus.
Those who presented Letters of Credence were Ms. Caroline Gudenus, Ambassador of Austria with residence in Dakar, Senegal; Mr. Alfonso Di Riso, Ambassador of Italy; Mr. Saudi Bin Saad Al-Thobaiti, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia with residence in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; and Dr. Sinead Walsh, Ambassador of Ireland with residence in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Others are Mr. Noh Kyu-duk, Ambassador of Korea and Mr. Harry Purwanto, with residence in Abuja, Nigeria.