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Capacity gap robs fragile countries of gains –Pres. Sirleaf

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says delays in international response to emergencies in fragile and mid-level income countries become more costly than resources required to address the problems.

President Johnson-Sirleaf mentioned the loss of human lives as a direct result of such delays.

She also said gains made by fragile countries, including Liberia, were easily reversed as a result of their inability to promptly intervene in emergencies due to lack of capacity.

The Liberian Leader spoke over the week-end when she served on a High-Level Panel, convened by the World Bank Group, at the Bank’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C. over the weekend.

The President craved support to assist fragile countries build emergency response systems and, sustain peace and progress, if the people’s life must improve.

The High-Level Panel deliberated on the theme, “Preventing Violent Conflict through Development.”

It was a major highlight of the 2016 World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s Annual Meetings held from October 7 to 9 in Washington D.C.

Liberia’s Finance and Development Planning Minister, Boima Kamara, and Central Bank OF Liberia (CBL) Governor, Milton Weeks, were part of the Liberian delegation.

Other panelists at the forum included the President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Deputy UN Secretary General, Jan Eliasson, and Kenya’s Foreign Minister, Amina Mohamed.



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