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Prez Sirleaf appeals for US MCCG extension to Liberia

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President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Dec. 12, 2014)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is appealing to the United States Government to extend its Millennium Challenge Corporation Grant (MCCG) to Liberia.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “The Grant’s extension would help Liberia tackle its post-Ebola economic and social challenges and restore the country’s infrastructure development momentum.”

“This would lead to enormous transformation in the Liberian economy,” she further noted.”

The President made the appeal in Monrovia Wednesday, December 10, 2014 when she addressed the US Congress Senate Foreign Relations Sub-Committee on Africa, via radio link.

President Johnson-Sirleaf also said it was important that Liberia returned to its post-conflict economic recovery and social infrastructure development programs.

She said: “The Liberian Government was now preparing a comprehensive post-Ebola Economic Recovery Plan that seeks to bring about improved roads.

“Such improved roads will enhance health, electricity, water and sanitation, while providing for a major intervention in the agriculture sector in which most Liberians earn their living.”
She thanked the US Government for its continued support to Liberia’s National Recovery Programs.

The President renewed her commitment to tackling the challenges that are stalling the country’s onward growth and development.

Liberia achieved the MCCG Compact eligibility in 2012 by passing 10 out of 20 indicators, including corruption control.
The country again achieved the MCCG Compact eligibility in 2014 by passing similar number of indicators.

 


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