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Liberia and America sign agreement

By Nathan Charles
US Ambassador Deborah Malac and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
US Ambassador Deborah Malac and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(lbsonline/Liberia)-The Governments of Liberia and the United States of America have signed a US 9.1 million dollar agreement to boost electricity in Monrovia.

The U.S. Government latest initiative will afford about 7,000 homes benefit electricity provided by LEC.

The US Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac said: “the agreement reflects my government’s support and expression of confidence in the management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) to properly manage the fund”.

Ambassador Malac said: “America will continue to support such projects and other priority areas of development of the Liberian government and other developing countries”.

She urged Liberian stakeholders during the signing ceremony on Thursday 6th December 2012, to work together for the improvement of electricity which she described as a vital pillar of Liberia’s development agenda.

The US government has invested over US$50milion in Liberia’s energy sector since 2003

For its part, the Liberian government lauded the American government and said: “the assistance demonstrates strong partnership between both governments”.

Speaking on behalf of the Liberian government, The Acting Minister of Finance, James Kollie further stressed that “power energy, ports of entry, and roads, remain government’s priorities because they are critical to transforming the country”.

He also said: “already government has allotted US$ 8.1million in the 2012-Budget to tackle the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffey hydro power plant and other power projects.

Acting Minister Kolie singed on behalf of the Liberian government, while Ambassador Malac signed for her government. 

 


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