President of Liberia praises international community’s support to Liberia over tackling Ebola disease

SHARJAH, 23rd February, 2015 (WAM)–President of Liberia Ellen John-son-Sirleaf, has commended the international community’s unwavering support to her country, while battling with the highly-virulent Ebola disease amid confusion, fear and poor health infrastructure that could not then cope with the health emergency.

Addressing the first session of second day of the 4th International Government Communication Forum (IGCF), held under the theme ‘Specific Actions…Better Results’, Sirleaf also highlighted the efforts of Liberians to overcome the disease, urging the international community to continue its efforts to back Liberia and the region to finally eradicate the disease.

“Liberians took on the challenge to save our country. A Coordinating Body was established to include all stakeholders – leaders of the three Branches of Government, the international community, civil society, traditional and religious leaders to reinforce that the responsibility to solve the problem rested essentially with ourselves,” she said.

President Sirleaf underscored that the story about Liberia on the international media landscape also changed significantly over time – from one of fear to hope.

Regarding the economic recovery in Liberia, she said that since 2006, Liberia has registered significant progress in reversing the destruction of two decades of civil conflict. Growth rate averaged over 7.5 percent annually with hopes of reaching double digits through operationaliation of the US$16 billion direct foreign investment mobilised during that period.

“A long-term development prospective, Vision 2030, is aimed at making the Country a middle income country by the year 2018. A first five-year phase, 2014 – 2018 of the vision, set forth an Agenda for Transformation”, President Sirleaf added.

The event was attended by Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council, Lakhdar Brahimi, Special Envoy to the Secretary-General of the United Nations (2004-2005 and other dignitaries.