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Liberia's growth forecast positive changed -Prez Sirleaf

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(elbcradio.com/May 26, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says Liberia’s growth forecast has dramatically changed, but this time more positively.

President Johnson-Sirleaf expressed satisfaction with the “visible signs” of recovery as the country’s economic stabilization plan is being implemented.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the plan will address the consequences of Ebola.

The Liberian Leader made the statement Monday, May 25, 2015 during a high-level panel discussions in Cote d’Ivoire provincial capital, Abidjan.

“And we are pleased that we are beginning to see a recovery. Already, our growth forecast has changed a bit more positively,” the president said.

“Of course we’re working with our partners,” the Liberian Leader added as she attributed the country’s success story to partners’ support, coordination and strong community involvement. 

Liberia’s growth rate fell, revenue declined, national development programs abandoned as a result of the outbreak of the virus that killed over 4,000 people in the country, the release further quotes President Johnson-Sirleaf as saying.

The panel discussion is part of the African Development Bank Group’s Annual Meetings and was held under the theme, “Are we ready for the next epidemic, Fixing Africa’s Primary Healthcare Systems?”

Commenting on the topic, the Liberian Leader envisaged a post ebola era, where communities will be empowered to take ownership in the national development program.

President Johnson-Sirleaf maintained that though a vibrant health system is key to preventing the recurrence of the virus, government is taking an integrated approach involving infrastructural development.

“We also know that unless we have these other things under infrastructure, whether it’s power or roads or drinking water, all of those things are important to have an overall coordination.”

She also noted that it will ensure a regional institution more effective and well-coordinated under the national leadership coordination.

The high-level panel discussion was hosted by African Development Bank’s outgoing President, Donald Kaberuka.

The President also shared her unique experience in transforming her country from having the highest Ebola virus disease infection rate to being Ebola-free, the release noted.

The Liberian Leader discussed the value of economic growth in Africa, if thousands of people still die from preventable diseases.

Also attending the panel discussions were Senegalese Health Minister, Awa Marie Coll-Seck, World Bank Vice President for Africa, Makhtar Diop, UN Economic Commission on Africa (UNECA) Executive Secretary, Carlos Lopes.

Others are Vice-President for Global Health & Access Program, Glaxo Smith Kline, Andy Wright; and ECONET Chairman and Founder, Strive Masiyiwa.

The ADB Africa’s premier development finance institution, was established in 1964 to mobilize resources for the economic and social development of its regional member countries (RMCs) and to promote sustainable and inclusive growth and poverty reduction.

The Bank has approved 4,185 loans and grants totaling US $107.6 billion to its Regional (African) Member Countries from 1967 to 2014.

Meanwhile, the Bank Group’s annual meeting, in commemoration of its 50th Anniversary, holds elections for the institution’s 8th President.
The election will climax Friday, May 29.

 


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