President Sirleaf and delegation along with British Government officials leave the House of Commons after Friday bilateral meeting in London.
British Continued Partnership With Liberia ‘Strategic’ – Pres Sirleaf
MONROVIA, December 6 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said the continued partnership of the British Government in helping Liberia's development is strategic.
She spoke of the ongoing “critical push” for the UK to absorb the US$20 million funding gap in the proposed Ganta to Saclepae stretch of the country’s ongoing road connectivity aimed at linking Liberia’s growth corridors.
According to a dispatch from London, the Liberian leader spoke at the weekend in London when she led a Liberian government delegation to the British Parliament.
She informed British Government officials that a concentrated pool fund of donor partner has been mobilized and that focuses on roads and other infrastructural projects, which are pivotal to unlocking Liberia’s growth potential.
President Sirleaf asserted that Liberia’s relentless drive is to connect the country, deliver greater power generation, as well as give agriculture the ultimate lift as Liberia’s most productive economic pathway.
The Liberian leader stressed that value addition is a crucial layer of Liberia’s economic diversification program with fisheries and oil palm having great potential for exports to the European Union and within West Africa.
Pres. Sirleaf, who is also Chair of the West Africa regional bloc ECOWAS, reminded the British Government representatives that road connectivity across neighboring countries and the larger sub-region, is a major catalyst to driving economic transformation.
Regarding the 2017 elections, President Sirleaf, credited for presiding over Liberia’s exemplary transition to democratic governance, emphasized that the 2017 presidential and legislative elections represent a ‘historically significant‘ epoch in Liberia’s history.
“Liberians have come a long way and as such they are committed to a peaceful and democratic contest despite the intensity that is being witnessed in the political discourse.” President Sirleaf added.
Commenting on gains made around legislation against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), President Sirleaf highlighted the significant progress recorded to ensure Liberia maintains its rich cultural heritage while ensuring children of school-going age do not lose time simply due to adherence to traditional norms.
President Sirleaf hailed the role of traditional leaders, stressing additional collaboration will be key towards eventually outlawing Female Genital Mutilation.