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VP Boakai reaffirms Liberia, Turkey Dev. Pack

Joseph T. Koon
VP Boakai in chat with some delegates in Turkey
VP Boakai in chat with some delegates in Turkey

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Government of Liberia has reaffirmed its commitment to the Protocols of the Istanbul Program of Action.

According to a dispatch, Liberia’s reaffirmation was contained in a speech delivered by Vice President, Joseph Boakai Friday, May 27, 2016 as the first speaker at the Midterm Review of the Istanbul Program of Action in Antalya, Turkey.

Vice President Boakai told the delegates about the significantachievements made by the Liberian Government following the adoption of a five year development plan, “ The Agenda for Transformation and the National Vision 2030.

He said: “The Agenda focuses on key pillars, including peace, justice, security; the rule of law, economic transformation, human development, governance, public institutions and cross-cutting issues.”

“The first report of the Istanbul Program of Action was submitted in 2012 and early this year to the Office of the High Representative and Under Secretary General of the United Nations, “Vice President Boakai said.

The Liberian Vice President said Liberia and Turkey’s development plans constitute common similarities of ideals for the socio, economic and infrastructure development of their respective countries.

He underscored majorchallenges faced by Government as a result of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease and the decline in the prices of export commodities of rubber and iron ore, respectively.

The Vice President emphasized: “Despite economic decline,government is committed to building productive capacities through the promotion of light manufacturing, small and medium sized enterprises, particularly in the agriculture sector.”

He also underscored energy and road infrastructure as national priorities of government to increase accessibility, reduce transportation cost, road safety and connectivity throughout the country.

Meanwhile, Vice President Boakai and delegation are expected back home shortly amidst the prevailing political tension in the country.


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