President Sirleaf and Dr. Sidi Ould Tah of the Arab Bank during the Working Lunch
President Craves More Support For SMEs From Arab Bank
MONROVIA, September 10 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on the Director General of the Board of Governors of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa to support Small and Medium-size Enterprises (SMEs) in Liberia through the commercial banking sector.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the call when she met with Dr. Sidi Ould Tah and his delegation at an official working lunch in Monrovia on Thursday.
President Sirleaf urged Dr. Tah to ensure that the Bank also focuses its attention on the areas of agriculture, health, education, and infrastructure, which include ports, roads and energy, among others.
The meeting, among other things, reviewed the Bank’s support to projects and sectors in Liberia and new options for development engagement with the government of Liberia and private sector.
According to the release, key interest in the agricultural front during the discussion was placed on the oil palm, rubber, tree corps and fisheries sectors.
The release also said that the discussions centered around views on youth employment, women’s empowerment, women’s rights and other cross-cutting issues.
Following the meeting, the Liberian leader chaired a special meeting of the Liberia Development Alliance (LDA) which was geared towards discussing source mobilization and adequate funding for the upcoming 2017 Legislative and Presidential elections.
The meeting was attended mainly by international partners and donors.
President Sirleaf reminded the partners and donors that the 2017 elections are the most important priority for Liberia because it will determine the maturity of the country’s democracy and ensure continuous peace and stability.
She therefore encouraged them to commit themselves to adequately support the 2017 polls.