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TICAD will boost Liberia-Japan relations –Prez. Sirleaf

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Prez. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Prez. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says the just ended Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) will further boost the cordial bilateral relations between Liberia and Japan.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said the arrival of a three man Japanese parliamentary delegation in the country to follow-up on critical issues discussed further demonstrates strong ties between the two countries.

The President spoke Monday, August 29, 2016 in an interview with reporters at the Roberts International Airport, upon arrival from Nairobi, Kenya, where she attended the sixth TICAD Summit. The summit was the first of its kind to be hosted in Africa.

The Liberian Chief Executive also said: “The decision to conduct the conference in Africa clearly indicates that Japan recognizes that Africa is capable of taking charge of its development initiatives and the Continent is a key partner and player in international trade.”

She welcomed commitments by the Japanese Government and other international partners to support development initiatives in Africa.

“It was up to the individual countries and regional institutions to take advantage of the opportunity,” the Liberian Leader, however, noted.

During the Summit, the World Bank and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria committed themselves to invest $24 billion United States Dollars in Africa over the next three to five years to enhance reform initiatives across the Continent.

“This is intended to assist African countries accelerate progress towards universal health coverage on the continent.”

The Liberian Leader said such is a great opportunity, particularly for the Mano River Union Countries that suffered the brunt of the deadly Ebola pandemic that engulfed West Africa.

 


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