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French Gov’t team impress over Liberia’s potential

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2nd from right: LACE Deputy Executive Director, Joseph T. Williams
2nd from right: LACE Deputy Executive Director, Joseph T. Williams

Monrovia, LIBERIA – A French Government assessment team says it is impressed with great development potential in Liberia for intervention at the end of a first-hand information gathering visit with the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE).

The head of the French assessment delegation, Joseph Laurent during the visit with LACE, “I am impressed with the great development potentials in Liberia; the Prospects are bright to assisting this West African Country”.

During the French delegation visit held April 15, 2018 with LACE, Mr. Laurent assured LACE that the visiting delegation is due back in Liberia in June 2018, to conclude the assessment with findings that is expected to give way for the beginning of implementation of projects to be earmarked.

LACE is a government agency responsible for community development through the implementation of empowerment in rural Liberia.

The recent visit of France Aid to Liberia, was necessitated by the funding commitment the European economic giant (France) made to the Liberian President, George Manneh Weah, during his first foreign state travel to France, after his inauguration on 22nd January, 2018.

That state visit of the Liberian leader to France, attracted 10 million euros donation to Liberia but following the French delegation visit with LACE, there are indications that that fund could be channeled through basic social services support in Liberia.

LACE Deputy Executive Director for Administration, Joseph T. Williams, in response told the delegation and journalists that; “Liberia sees France as a great development partner. I am elated that the French Mission's visit with LACE was successful.”

Mr. Williams also assured the French Mission that once plans are completely worked out as required, the Liberian people will feel the existing positive impact of the strong development cooperation between Paris and Monrovia.

He said public consultations will be ongoing whilst the delegation prepares to return to Monrovia.

While in Monrovia, Mr. Laurent and his French Delegation were also briefed on previous interventions LACE has made in empowering poor and vulnerable communities, including   the agency's current project portfolio.


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