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Prez. Sirleaf returns home from successful trip

By Ferricks Dainsee
President Sirleaf and an executive of Forbs Margazine
President Sirleaf and an executive of Forbs Margazine

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has termed her trip abroad as successful and rewarding.

Speaking to mylbsonline at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County, President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “Several American billionaires have expressed their willingness to assist in the reconstruction of Liberia.”

The Liberian Leader made the statement, upon arrival in the country Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

“The American billionaires and philanthropists have promised to shortly send an assessment team to Liberia,” President Johnson-Sirleaf also said.

The Liberian Leader and delegation left the country recently to attend a charity summit at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters, in New York.

The summit, held by the US-based prestigious magazine, Forbes, was attended by hundreds of the world’s billionaires.

Speaking at the summit, the Liberian Leader hoped her legacy would be to restore hope and opportunity to the Liberian People.

According to President Johnson-Sirleaf, such legacy restoration could be done through the provision of basic social services.

“My desire is to also give every Liberian, particularly the youth, an opportunity for quality education and job to enable them provide for themselves and their families,” she said.

Following the President’s statement, the summit’s participants examined “real” opportunities and challenges by brainstorming on how best to bring three social entrepreneurial projects to Liberia.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tiratien Health, Dr. Rajesh Panjabi, the founder and CEO of Building Markets, Scott Gilmore, and Chide Liberty, among others, presented the statement.

As a result of Liberia being featured at the special event, Forbes is expected to organize a mission of philanthropists to the country.

The mission aims to look at concrete ways to co-invest in the country’s economy and development.

The participants, including billionaires, made concrete commitments to help Liberia social entrepreneurs’ expanding capital and markets.

Micro-Soft Founder, Bill Gates, and Bono commended the Liberian President for ‘taking a country literally from the rubble to development, investment and hope’ for its people.

The President and Publisher of Forbes Women, Moira Forbes, described President Johnson-Sirleaf as an inspiration for leadership around the world.

Forbes Women is a multi-Media platform dedicated to successful women in business and leadership.

Prior to her New York trip, President Johnson-Sirleaf also participated in the African Union (AU) 50th anniversary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Japan.


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