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Liberia benefits UAE’s first fruit, Delegates continue discussions

Jos Garneo Cephas Sr.
The UAE Technical Delegations visiting Liberia
The UAE Technical Delegations visiting Liberia

MONROVIA, LIBERIA - The 20  member United Arab Emirates (UAE) delegation which consists of a technical working group is still in the country continuing discussions with top government functionaries and separate government agencies  as part of the  assessment visit .

As part of the understanding, Liberia is about to reap benefits from healthcare delivery, especially in the reduction of maternal and child deaths ,after the Government and the UAE Government launched more than US$1Million project, tilled, “SAFE”. The project, launched on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at the JFK Hospital in Monrovia, is  being funded by the UAE Government.

The Minister of Health, Whelimenia Jallah, said: “The project will help the ministry to reduce the high death rate among mothers and children”. The project is intended to strengthen health care delivery at the community level.

While the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs on International Cooperation, Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, stressed: “The Project is one of the UAE Government's interventions in the health sector of Liberia”.

Mercy Corps is the direct implementing partner of the Project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. According to Mercy Corps Country Director, Kwesi Gyanbour, “The SAFE is a one year project targeting 15,000 beneficiaries across Liberia and is being carried out through a joint partnership with Mercy Corps and the Health Ministry”.

The arrival of the delegation in Liberia, last Saturday, April 6, 2019 is in fulfillment of discussions held March 20, 2019 between President George Weah and UAE Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nayan, leading to the constitution of a technical working group of UAE officials to visit Liberia.

The UAE officials, while in the country, will also revamp the Liberia UAE Corporation as top priorities of President Weah’s Administration first term.

Part of the assessment being conducted will finalize arrangements for immediate direct investment in the areas of road connectivity, agriculture, renewable energy, health and educationMwhen concluded

The UAE Delegation also consisting of civil engineers, agriculture experts and other technocrats had already had an initial closed-door technical meeting with members of their Liberian host.

Following the meeting, Minister of State, Nathaniel McGill, told journalists that: “The meeting was productive and highlighted key sectors of interest as they will be engaged in site seeing and investigating what Liberia needs and how they can help”.

During the visit of the Liberian leader in that country recently, his counterpart, Crown Prince, Al Nahyan, promised to work along with President Weah to achieve his development plan for Liberia.

“Liberia is important to the UAE, and we assure a better relation with the country. The visit of President Weah will strengthen ties and open new avenues for bilateral corporation in the interest of both countries”. Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said.


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