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Prez. Sirleaf calls for stronger partnership

By Ferrick Dainese
Prez. Sirleaf  posed with some international partners
Prez. Sirleaf posed with some international partners

(Lbsonline/Liberia)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is calling on the international development partners to forge a stronger partnership with the Liberian Government.

The call is aimed at ensuring the practical implementation of Liberia’s five year development roadmap.

According to President Johnson-Sirleaf, the partnership will also ensure national reconciliation and the implementation of Vision-2030 for a rapid transformation of the nation.

The Liberian Leader said: “The year 2012 was a difficult year for the Government and people”.

“The year 2013 promises to be more challenging in the implementation of the country’s five-year development road map and Vision 2030 in the nation’s drive towards progressive transformation”.

President Johnson-Sirleaf made the call Saturday 6th January 2013 when she hosted a year-end dinner in honor of members of the Diplomatic Corps and partners.

“The challenges of 2013 will require some bold and strong decisions that may affect some foreign entities operating in Liberia”, she said.    
The Liberian leader said: “For too long the country relied on external resources, leaving its resources undeveloped.
Whatever decisions government intends taking during 2013 is not meant to exclude, or undermine competition in the country”.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “The decisions would aim at further promoting mutual respect and benefits for the Liberian people and partners”.

“This would enable Liberians become competitive in an environment where there are equal opportunities for all”.

The Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador Alhadji Abdoulaye Dore, responded on behalf of his colleagues.
“I observed rapid transformation in Liberia during the last few years under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf”, Ambassador Dore said.

He commended the Liberian leader for the provision of electricity, water, better road condition, freedom of speech and movement, among others.

Ambassador Dore then assured President Johnson-Sirleaf and the Liberia people of the International Community’s fullest support to Liberia in the country’s reconstruction drive. 


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