President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Extols German Aid To Liberia
MONROVIA, September 14 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded Germany for its assistance to Liberia in achieving debt relief, road and bridges construction, electricity, agriculture growth and health reforms over the years.
She recalled that in 2007, the visit to Liberia by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was climaxed by a Roundtable discussion, which led to the Federal Republic of Germany’s assistance to Liberia through the European Union as well as the cancelation of Liberia’s huge debt owed the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank Group, the Paris Club, among others.
Similarly, President Sirleaf also recalled that during Liberia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy campaign in 2008, Germany also assisted Liberia in achieving that goal.
President Sirleaf also paid tribute to Germany’s role in the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydro dam which, according to her, is expected to be commissioned in December.
The Liberian leader was speaking when she received the Letters of Credence from newl- accredited German Ambassador to Liberia, Hubert Jager, Tuesday at her office in Monrovia.
President Sirleaf indicated that apart from these support, Liberia is also grateful to the Germany for its Agro-based Program responsible for building farm-to-market roads and the construction of local bridges across the country over the years.
She acknowledged the contributions of Germany along with the support of other countries during the Ebola crisis, noting particularly when others were closing their Embassies here the German Embassy in Liberia remained opened.
For his part, the new German Ambassador Jager informed President Sirleaf that his government is committed to further deepening the already strong ties subsisting between Liberia and Germany at both bilateral levels, involving the partnership between Liberia and the European Union.
Ambassador Jager said Liberia and Germany will strengthen regular contacts at the governmental and civil society levels, which cover human rights, global issues and other topics of mutual interest.
“Allow me to close by assuring you of my intention to do my very best to cement the ties of our two countries and peoples,” Ambassador Jager noted.