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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

( 13, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has renewed calls to the international community for the cancellation of the US$3.16-billion debt owed by the three worst Ebola-affected countries.

President Johnson-Sirleaf also called for direct budgetary support to the three West African countries.

She wants the World Bank, African Development Bank, and the United Nations System support the establishment of a Special Delivery Unit (SDU), within the Mano River Union (MRU) Secretariat.

The Liberian Leader also wants the SDU be backed by a project preparation facility for the preparation of bankable projects for effective implementation.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “In terms of aggregate cost, the financing gap is estimated at US$7.2-billion, out of which US$4-billion will finance the sub-regional plan.”

The Liberian Leader noted that a strong Mano River Union can be a formidable force for recovery and resilience in the sub-region.

She also noted: “If the Mano River Union is strong, it would attract private sector investment and capital in natural resources for sustainability, among others.”

At the same time, Liberia’s Head of Government, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has called for a long-term response to the Ebola virus disease.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “Eradicating the Ebola virus will depend on plans and strategies for economic recovery and support to the transformation goals of the three worst Ebola-affected countries in West Africa.”

According to dispatch, the Liberian Leader made the call over the weekend when she delivered the Mano River Union (MRU) Recovery Plan. The Liberian President made the call at the International Ebola Recovery Conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The conference was hosted by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. President Johnson-Sirleaf spoke on behalf of the three worst Ebola-affected countries.

“In furtherance of the goal for long-term recovery, the MRU’s 3rd Extraordinary Summit, held June 28 in Conakry, Guinea, adopted the sub-regional Post-Ebola Socio-Economic Program, she also said
The Liberian Leader then emphasized the need for institutional and financing framework to ensure effective implementation of the plan.


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