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Overcoming delays in regional integration

By Jonathan Grigsby and Benjamin S. Taingay
President Johnson-Sirleaf in Abidjan, Cote d' Ivoire with
other  African  Leaders and development partners
President Johnson-Sirleaf in Abidjan, Cote d' Ivoire with other African Leaders and development partners

(lbsonline/Liberia)- President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has blamed the lack of international support causing the delay on regional integration and slowing down infrastructure development in South-Saharan Africa. 

President Johnson-Sirleaf blamed the situation on lack of effective international support. She wants the International Development Association (IDA) speed up support to promote regional integration.

The President said: “Regional integration is essential to South Saharan Africa’s development”. The IDA is involved in providing concessional loans to developing countries through the World Bank.

“Countries are committed to infrastructural development and their commitment will help reconstruct roads and bridges, provide electricity, among others”, the Liberian leader said.

According to a dispatch from Abidjan, President Johnson-Sirleaf spoke Tuesday in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire at the opening of the 16th Mid Term Review of the IDA.

Meanwhile, the Liberian President said: “Despite the challenges, countries in the region must do their part by formulating regional promotion interventions and pooling resources to overcome regional integration”.

 

 


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