Senator Markey, President Sirleaf, Representative Bass and Representative Maloney
Pres. Sirleaf Says U.S. Congress ‘Reliable Partner’
MONROVIA, August 12 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has pointed to the many successes of her administration and praised the U.S. Congress for being a reliable partner during the years of reconstruction and peace-building.
President Sirleaf made the statement Thursday during talks with a three-member Congressional delegation from the United States of America.
The delegation, headed by Democratic Party Congressman Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts, also included Representative Karen Bass, a Democratic Congresswoman from California and Representative Carolyn Maloney, a Democratic Congresswoman from New York.
The delegation was also accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Elder, Dr. Susan Blumenthal, wife of Senator Markey, Mr. Philip McGovern, Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Markey, among others.
President Sirleaf earlier welcomed the Congressional delegation to Liberia and expressed gratitude for all of the support to Liberia by the Government of the United States of America.
She acknowledged the long-standing traditional ties between the two countries and outlined some of the developmental challenges still being faced by Liberia.
The Liberian leader told the visiting U.S. Congressional delegation that focus is now on the agricultural sector with emphasis on diversification, industrialization and the empowerment of small-holder farmers.
She also noted that there was “a great deal of prospects” for the tourism sector, nothing that infrastructure remains a major impediment in maximizing the outcomes of the sector.
Pres. Sirleaf indicated that more efforts will be applied to the educational, health and energy sectors as Liberia continues with its development drive and urged the U.S. to continuously stand with Liberia during its rebuilding process.
For his part, Congressman Markey, who has been a member of the U.S. Congress for 40 years, pointed out that they were honored to be in Liberia and for the opportunity to meet with Liberia and Africa’s first female President and Nobel Laureate.
“We have come as partners and friends to Liberia and to say how we intend to work with you and Liberians to build a 21st Century economy here. Helping you build a strong healthcare system after the devastating Ebola crisis is also critical to U.S.-Liberia relationship,” Congressman Markey pointed out.
He called for emphasis to be placed on telecommunication, energy and petroleum as the country seeks to build a 21st Century economy.
The Congressional delegation praised President Sirleaf for pushing hard to make Liberia a Power Africa country.
“As you know, Liberia was not among countries selected for the Power Africa Program. Your strong leadership qualities which led you to have pushed so hard saw Liberia being listed as a beneficiary. You are indeed a great leader doing a wonderful job in Liberia,” Representative Karen Bass noted.
Representative Carolyn Maloney told President Sirleaf that she bears the aspirations of all women across the world and thanked her for being “a great female leader” on the African continent and the world at large.