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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visits Ethiopia

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised Ethiopia for its unprecedented transformation in human development over the years.

President Sirleaf said Ethiopia has become not just a political capital of the continent, but economic hub as well.
According to a dispatch, President Sirleaf spoke on February 27, 2017 in Addis Ababa, at the start of her official state visit and during bilateral talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hallemariam Dessalegn.

President Sirleaf said her visit to Ethiopia is intended to review and strengthen bilateral and diplomatic ties between the two oldest African Republics.

She described Ethiopia as a regional investment powerhouse with experiences that could be of enormous benefits to other African nations.
The President acknowledged Ethiopia’s crucial role in the formulation of SDGs, especially in advancing and articulating the “Common African Position.”

Welcoming the Liberian Leader, Prime Minister Dessalegn congratulated President Sirleaf for the visit and praised her exemplary leadership on the African Continent.

He praised Ethiopia-Liberia relationship over the years, citing the historic Emancipation of African States from colonial rule as milestone African solidarity achievements for both countries.

Prime Minister Dessalegn praised the exceptional leadership demonstrated by President Sirleaf as Chairperson for the Regional Group ECOWAS in ending the Gambian crisis.

Meanwhile, Liberia and Ethiopia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the areas of education with emphasis onTVET for the development of human resource, livestock and fisheries, cooperation in the field of health and medical sciences and cooperation in the field of commercial and industrial development.

In the area of education, the MoU sets a framework of cooperation for the parties in the field of technical and vocational education for the development of human resource, to encourage and strengthen their cooperation in the fields of TVET by the exchange of experience and information on the sector and in accordance with their national laws, policies and strategies.

In the area of livestock and fisheries, the deal seeks to encourage cooperation between institutions of the countries in various fields of livestock and fisheries, human resource development, research and livestock and fisheries development.

Regarding health, the MoU is geared towards the promotion and cooperation between the two countries to exchange information on health and medical science, exchange of health professionals and experts to design innovative healthcare systems.

Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara and Agriculture Minister Moses Zinnah signed for Liberia, while Ethiopia’s Minister of Education, Shiferaw Teklemariam, as well as the country’s Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Fakadu Beyene, and Minister of Health, Yifru Berhan, signed on behalf of their government.


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