President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Meet with The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi
Pres. Sirleaf Lauds Indian Premier On India-Africa Forum
MONROVIA, November 2 (LINA) -President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded the Indian Prime Minister and his government for organizing and hosting the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi.
The Liberian leader also praised India's long-standing friendship and solidarity with the African continent and Liberia in particular.
According to a dispatch from New Delhi, the Liberian leader made the commendation during bilateral talks she held with the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi, India on Friday, October 30.
“Your remarks at the Summit about India-Africa relations were positive, historical and highlighted India’s long-standing relations with Africa. The call to target poor and developing countries to get their fair share of global allocations show the strength of India’s partnership with the rest of the world,” President Sirleaf indicated.
The Liberian leader observed that many of the program interventions being worked on by the Indian government will impact Africa and many poor countries around the world.
She acknowledged increased trade between India and Africa and made specific reference to the engagement of two Indian companies with Liberia - Arcelor Mittal and Vendetta - in the mining sector.
President Sirleaf praised the companies for choosing Liberia as a country for investment and admitted that they are currently undergoing difficulties due to the fall in the price of iron ore on the global market.
She also used the opportunity to thank India for helping Liberia during the devastating Ebola crisis.
On other developmental issues specific to Liberia, President Sirleaf thanked India for the continuous availability of the Indian Exim Bank’s US$144 million line of credit targeted at building the transmission and distribution infrastructure for the supply of electricity to the country upon the completion of ongoing work on the
Mount Coffee hydro power plant.
On current infrastructure works, including road reconstruction across the country, the Liberian President briefed Indian Prime Minister Modi on efforts to rebuild the Gbarnga to Mendikorma highway and requested India’s consideration to assist the project, as well as his government’s support to revamping and strengthening the country’s healthcare system.
President Sirleaf thanked Prime Minister Modi and the Indian Government for the many scholarships provided Liberian students to study in his country and the deployment of female police officers to beef up the operations of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
“The deployment of the female unit has motivated Liberian women about the security sector,” she noted, emphasizing that more support was needed for the security sector considering the current drawdown process of UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia.
She acknowledged India’s success in the agriculture sector that has made the country self-sufficient in food production and food security and expressed the hope that Liberia can benefit from India’s technical and other support in helping the country’s food security effort.
On the international scene, the Liberian President indicated that the current migration crisis faced by many of the continent’s traditional partners in Europe will affect development assistance and suggested that investment initiatives was a way to remedy the impact.
She also indicated that India’s partnership with the continent and Liberia must be mutual and based on shared values. “I hope West Africa will have the opportunity to welcome you soon to the region, particularly in Liberia,” she urged.