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Prez Sirleaf wants Liberias economic recovery supported

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(elbcradio.com/Feb. 27, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says there is an inherent link among healthcare system revitalization, economic recovery and peace-building.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said peace-building was stronger now than ever before in Liberia.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “The Post-Ebola economic recovery effort will prioritize healthcare delivery revitalization, while continuing to accelerate improvement in infrastructure.”

Such infrastructure includes roads, electricity and WATSAN operations.

She spoke Thursday, February 26, 2015 at an event hosted by Congressman, Chris Coons, and the United States (US) Institute of Peace.

The event was held at the Heart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. and it is part of activities of the Liberian Leader’s official visit to the U.S.

“Government will tap into Liberian entrepreneurship to accelerate a private sector-led revival of the formal and informal sectors of the economy,” the Liberian Leader noted.

Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has called on the private sector to be repositioned to drive Liberia’s post-Ebola recovery efforts.

She said Liberia continues to show great progress in getting to zero new transmission and would need the private sector to assist the country recover from the sharp economic decline caused by the virus outbreak.

According to a dispatch from the U.S., The Liberian Leader made the statement in a meeting Thursday with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Arcelor Mittal, Bill Scotting, in the American Capital.

The Liberian President pointed to the falling prices in key exports, including iron ore and rubber, and pledged the Liberian Government’s support to ensuring that the big contributors to the country’s economy do not fail.

Also speaking at the meeting, CEO Scotting reconfirmed Arcelor Mittal’s continued commitment to Liberia and denied reports that the company had laid off 900 employees.

“Falling prices of iron ore currently present serious difficulties, but reassured President Johnson-Sirleaf of Arcelor Mittal’s continued commitment to Liberia,” he added.

 


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