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Liberia appreciates Japan’s support to Africa’s growth

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

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says the Liberian Government appreciates Japan’s support to Africa’s growth and JICA’s role in supporting compact under TICAD.

President Johnson-Sirleaf underscored Japan’s evolving role in the paradigm shift in Africa, noting that such role is helping to rekindle the passion for Pan Africanism; a sense of unity, self-reliance, integration and solidarity.

The Liberian Leader used the occasion to reiterate the Common African Position –that focuses on “An Integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.”

According to a dispatch, the President spoke Sunday, August 28, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya when she addressed a TICAD High Level Event on the theme, “Africa, towards 2063 and beyond.”

“Africa 2063 Agenda epitomizes a commitment toward the paradigm Shift, a consensus in economic and political integration.” 

She also said the Agenda established a pragmatic long-term framework, a sense of direction and a platform aimed at accelerating progress to achieve by the year 2063, “the Africa we want,” noting: “The first ten-year implementation starts the process.”

“Looking into the future, the population of Africa stands as the most important potential and risk of the continent toward 2063, while its demographic structure transforms slowly,” she stressed.

She said though estimates suggest that the continent’s prospected population will reach two billion in 2050.

The Liberian Chief Executive also noted: “In the coming decades, Africa’s potentials will shift to human capital from natural resources and commodity.”

“Further demographic changes, especially growing youth and middle-class and rapid urbanization will bring opportunities and challenges to the current socio-economic structure of Africa.”

She added: “While poverty in African population has been declining, it still exceeds three hundred million. To achieve the eradication of poverty by 2030 requires that not only should we accelerate growth, but also to create jobs, increase labor productivity, narrow income gaps, among others, to promote quality growth.”

“To achieve such goal, would require new thinking, new role, new responsibility, and new partnerships with the private sector, which is the engine and the catalyst for job creating growth,” she noted.

President Johnson-Sirleaf also noted that the move further requires a shifting of traditional, but declining Official Development Assistance (ODA) to an alignment with priorities that accelerate the growth of the private sector. 

JICA is the acronym for Japan International Corporation Agency and TICAD stands for Tokyo International Conference on African Development.

 


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