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Prez. Sirleaf returns from Senegal

By Jerry Kollie
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf arriving back home
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf arriving back home

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has returned to Liberia from Dakar, Senegal, following a two-day visit to that African country.

President Johnson-Sirleaf’s visit to Senegal was at the invitation of American billionaire and Philanthropist, George Soros.

The President was also invited to be interviewed for a Foundations’ film.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the President left the country for the Senegalese Capital, Dakar Wednesday, April 17, 2013 to participate in the Executive Session of the Global Board of the Open Society Foundations.

The Open Society Foundations Global Board’s Executive Session focused on Liberia and the OSF activities in the country.

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), established in 2000, forms part of the Global Open Society Foundations’ Network of autonomous foundations.

Before becoming President of Liberia, Madam Johnson-Sirleaf served as OSIWA’s first Chairperson.

The Open Society Foundations was established by Mr. Soros in 1984 to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.

To achieve such a mission, the Foundations strengthen democratically elected governments, the rule of law, respect for human rights, and minorities, as well as diversity of opinions and civil society to help keep governments’ power in check.

Meanwhile, the release said: “The Foundations have continuously assisted the Liberian Government in a number of programs and interventions.”

“Such programs and interventions include the Liberia Emergency Capacity-Building Support (LECBS),” it said.

The LECBS is designed to infuse urgently needed professional capacity from Liberia and the Diaspora into key public institutions to build operational capacities and reform the Liberian civil service.

The OSF have also supported Liberia’s Early Childhood and Education Support and, Women and Youth Initiative Programs, as well as the Global Criminal Justice Fund, Freedom of Information activities in the country, amongst others.


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