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Liberia plays host to High-Level Panel Meeting

By James Akoi
The Seat of  the Presidency, Republic of Liberia
The Seat of the Presidency, Republic of Liberia

( is playing host to a Special High-Level Panel Meeting on Fragile States.

The one-day High-Level Panel meeting is being held in Monrovia Monday, September 2, 2013 under the theme: “How can we truly build peace and set a course for prosperity in Africa’s fragile states?”

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the President of the African Development Bank (AFDB) Group, Donald Kaberuka, are leading the meeting.

An Executive Mansion released said: “Key speakers at the meeting include President Johnson-Sirleaf, AFDB Group President, Donald Kaberuka, the author of the Bottom Billion and Plundered Planet, Professor Paul Collier.

Others include Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Finance Minister, Emilia Pires, and the co-founder and Executive Director of the Institute of Security Studies, Jakkie Cilliers, and the Founder and Executive Director of the African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) Vasu Gounden.

The AFDB Group established the on-going special panel to advise the institution on expanding its strategy for engaging fragile states in Africa.

The eight member High-Level Panel is being led by President Johnson-Sirleaf. It includes eminent persons who have extensive experience with state fragility in Africa and its impact on development.

The release also said: “State fragility remains a major constraint to Africa’s development and addressing it is a top priority for the Bank.”

The Panel has as its mandate, to consult with affected countries, regional economic communities and the African Union, development partners, civil society and other stakeholders.

The Panel is also mandated to lead the AFDB’s strategic thinking on engagement with fragile, post-conflict and conflict countries.

It is also mandated to conduct outreach to communicate the Bank’s committed approach to countries in situations of fragility and post-conflict. 


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