Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her South African counterpart Jacob Zuma
Presidents Sirleaf, Zuma Urge More South-South Ties
MONROVIA, November 2 (LINA) - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her South African counterpart Jacob Zuma have urged more cooperation among countries in the southern hemisphere to ameliorate the impact of the current economic crises caused by the steep decline in commodity prices.
According to a dispatch, the two leaders spoke when President Zuma recently feted President Sirleaf at his residence in Pretoria, South Africa.
The Liberian leader called for such cooperation to expand in the areas of trade and financing with regional bodies such as the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, and China and South Africa) reaching out to other developing countries.
President Zuma informed President Sirleaf that the newly-formed BRICS bank will extend funding opportunities to countries outside BRICS to support infrastructural development.
Both Presidents also discussed regional issues relating to the consolidation of gains made in reforming the African Union and recommitted themselves to working with their counterparts to ensure that the AU remains a critical force for the betterment of the lives of the African people.
President Sirleaf thanked President Zuma and the people of South Africa for the many assistance given to Liberia, particularly their support for the Liberian peace process.
She urged the South African President to nudge business leaders in his country to take advantage of the current positive climate in Liberia to explore investment opportunities.