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Ebola-affected states need support -MRU pleads

James Akoi/Benjamin S. Taingay
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

( River Union (MRU) Countries Leaders want the international community provide direct budgetary support and debt cancellation to Ebola-affected nation.

The MRU Countries agreed that in post-Ebola recovery, each of them will provide portion of their public investment to local small and medium enterprises to support national production and create employment opportunities.

The Heads of State and governments thanked airlines for maintaining flight in Ebola-affected countries. They particularly thanked member state, La Cote D’Ivoire for early resumption of flight by Air Cote D’Ivoire to member states and other regions.

The MRU meeting, organized by the MRU Secretariat, was held Sunday, February 15, 2015 in the Guinean Capital, Conakry. The MRU Heads of State also lauded the Ivoirian through the ECOWAS initiative by deploying health care workers to affected member states.

The regional gathering follows Guinean President, Alpha Conde’s, recent solidarity visit to Liberia to discuss regional efforts to combat the Ebola virus and address post-Ebola socio-economic recovery.

At the talks, Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, was appointed by her colleagues to serve as spokesperson for the MRU at the European Union Ebola Conference.

The European Union Ebola Conference is scheduled to be held on March 3, 2015 in the Belgium Capital, Brussels.
At the same time, the MRU Heads of State say getting at zero Ebola cases demands collective political will and community action.

The one-day meeting in Guinea was attended by the Presidents of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Earnest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone and host president, Professor Alpha Conde, and Alassane Ouattara of La Cote D’Ivoire.

President Ouattara was represented at the deliberations by a Cabinet Minister, Charles Koffi Diby.


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