Dr. Adesina and President Sirleaf at a joint Press Conference
Pres. Sirleaf Extols AfDB For Support To Liberia
MONROVIA, March 13 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extolled the African Development Bank (AfDB) for its continued support to Liberia’s development drive while acknowledging that the country has since the 1960s been a key beneficiary of the bank’s assistance.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the remarks at a joint press conference held in the Foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday with AfDB President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina who was on an official visit to the Liberia.
President Sirleaf said in the midst of the decline that has hit the
rubber and iron ore sectors, the people of Liberia remain extremely grateful to the bank for helping to foster the country’s economic transformation.
She then commanded the AfDBfor their timely visit to Liberia, and pointed out that the nation is heading in the direction of structural transformation.
President Sirleaf paid tribute to the remarkable work done by Dr. Adesina as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture prior to ascending to the AfBD’s highest office and noted that she was proud of such patriotic record to his homeland.
The Liberian leader recalled that Liberia is a founding member of the bank which was founded in the 1960s. She said with what is now going on in the rubber and iron ore sectors, Liberia needs economic diversification that is similar to what Dr Adesina did when he served as the Minister of Agriculture in his native Nigeria.
She said Dr. Adesina’s arrival in the country provided a great deal of learning opportunity for her leadership.
“I want to say thank you for the support Liberia received from the AfDB, during the height of the Ebola crisis” she said.
Liberia, President Sirleaf asserted, has for too long depended on the iron ore and rubber sectors, but emphasized that “now is the time for diversification of other productive investment potentials.
“We are going to put ourselves to work, as we know that primary responsibility rests on us,” President Sirleaf told the news conference.