Vice President Joseph N. Boakai
VP Boakai Urges Support To Economic Recovery In Ebola Hit Nations
MONROVIA, July 21 (LINA) -Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has told delegates attending the International Conference on Africa’s Fight against Ebola that the long-term response to Ebola rests in support to a sub-regional recovery program.
Addressing the conference convening in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, VP Boakai said this support will help ensure that the three hardest hit Mano River Union (MRU) States return to stability and prosperity.
He also stressed the need to strengthen the healthcare delivery services in these countries.
Vice President Boakai pointed out that the sub-regional plan is focused on health, gender, youth development and social protection, as well as agriculture, trade, private sector development, infrastructure and governance.
Vice President Boakai’s remarks were contained in a special statement he delivered Tuesday at the conference hosted by the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, according to a dispatch from the Office of the Vice
“Given our relatively small market size and large infrastructure deficit, we believe that a regional approach would achieve the best recovery results,” adding, ‘this can only be achieved with the support of partners who will be willing to allocate resources to a home-grown regional plan,” Vice President Boakai added.
The Liberian Vice President said as a matter of urgency, the three leaders of the sub-region have implored partners to join in supporting the plan to ensure that the goals and targets are achieved within a two-year period of implementation.
He noted that the indicative cost of bringing the sub-region into full recovery is US$8 billion, of which US$4 billion will focus on building a sub-regional recovery program within a two- year period.
He called on African leaders to lend their support to this variant of Marshall Plan - a recovery plan for Europe after World War Two.
“For Liberia,” the Vice President said, “we have formulated a six-year investment plan for building a resilient health system from 2015 to 2021.
Vice President Boakai joined the Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union for relief from external debt burden of the three
hardest Ebola hit countries alongside the Marshall Plan.
Vice President Boakai, who represented President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the conference, and delegation are expected to return home Thursday, the dispatch said.