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Inter-State cooperation vital to economic development

-By Joseph T. Koon/Benjamin S. Taingay
Pres. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Pres. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says inter-state cooperation is vital to economic diversification and development for West African countries.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “Such cooperation is necessary to promote economic integration in the sub-region.

The Liberian Leader described trade as an important component of economic growth in any nation.”

She made the statement Friday, November 4, 2016 at the close of a three-day West African Monetary Zone-8 Ministers’ Forum in Monrovia.

The President recalled: “For too long, Liberia could not participate in sub-regional monetary forums in the past, due to the country’s inability to ratify key protocols.”

President Johnson-Sirleaf expressed delight over Liberia’s progress in the ratification of several Protocols as an important step towards the harmonization of economic integration with other West African states.

The Liberian Leader praised efforts by the West African Monetary Zone for selecting Liberia as host country for this year’s forum.

She called on the West African Manufacturing Association to ensure that member states are given the opportunity to benefit from inter-state export advantages.

The forum brought together representatives from The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and host, Liberia, among others.

It was aimed at promoting, harmonizing and diversifying economies of West African countries.




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