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Prez Sirleaf wants Liberia play active role in ADB

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( 28, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf wants Liberia begin playing active role in the operations of the African Development Group.

“I hope this will enable Liberia to become more active in terms of holding positions in the bank,” said President Johnson-Sirleaf.

The Liberian Leader was speaking at the Roberts International Airport Wednesday, May 27, 2015 upon return home from the Ivoirien Capital, Abidjan.
She had come from participating in the African Development Bank’s 50th anniversary celebrations, being followed by the bank’s annual meetings and election its 8th president.

Though not specific on the positions she wished Liberians would occupy, President Johnson-Sirleaf ruled out possibilities for the bank’s presidency, since no Liberian is in the race.
“But we will be looking at holding positions in other areas of the institution,” the President said.

Liberia’s desire to play active role in the bank’s administration is important, because the country was part of the establishment of the entity in 1964, through the efforts of its son, Romeo Horton, she noted.
The Liberian Leader, who has worked for the bank for over thirty years, also praised the performances of the bank since its establishment.

“We went there … to celebrate the tremendous progress made under the bank’s outgoing President, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, ”President Johnson-Sirleaf added.
ADB’s weeklong annual meetings are being held under the theme: “Africa and the New Global Landscape.”

The Liberian President also wished that the prospective president will follow the successful plan of Dr. Kaberuka.
Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh is among Bank Governors, other Finance and Economy Ministers, or Central Bank Governors representing the Group’s 80-member countries attending the Summit.


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