The Inquirer (Monrovia)

21 November 2012

Africa: AGI Reaffirms Commitment

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has reaffirmed the commitment of the African Governance Initiative (AGI) to fully promote the priority of the Liberian Government.Mr. Blair who is in the country for a two-day official visit told reporters at a press conference yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that sometimes it is important for one to take a step back and see where the country comes from. When this is done, he said it would be prudent to say that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has laid the foundation.

The former British Prime Minister and head of the African Governance Initiative (AGI) commended the administration of President Johnson Sirleaf for the transformation taking place in the country.

He acknowledged that the construction of roads, the reconstruction of the Mt. Coffee Hydro, infrastructures, the transport sector among others are significant but cautioned Liberians to be patient because such initiative would take some time to be completed.

Mr. Blair also pointed out that in the next few years to come, he foresees a prosperous future and a transformation taking place in the country.

For her part, President Sirleaf recalled that two years ago the government requested the AGI headed by Mr. Tony Blair to assist in the area of governance after it had been successful in Sierra Leone and other countries.

The Liberian leader said AGI has added value to the developmental agenda of the government which has made its work efficient. She said the work of the AGI is significant to the extent that it has helped various line ministries.

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