20 December 2012

West Africa: Ecowas Commission President Pledges Support to Liberia's Recovery Process

The President of ECOWAS Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, has pledged the Commission's support to Liberia's economic recovery process and the achievement of the national vision 2030 and the agenda for transformation of Liberia.

The visiting ECOWAS President lauded the Government of President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf for strong economy growth and sustained stability in the country over the past years. He said ECOWAS will always support Liberia especially in the area infrastructure development, most especially roads to enable free trade movement within the region.

Mr. Ouedraogo, who is currently heading a seven man high-powered delegation in Liberia, said the Commission has also approved the interconnection of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) plan for Liberia, but awaiting the signatories of four heads of states in the region before the power supply process can take effect.

The visiting ECOWAS President disclosed that the Commission profoundly recognizes the efforts made by the Liberian leader, President Johnson- Sirleaf towards preventing conflict in the region and urged other leaders in the region to follow her examples.

Speaking during a courtesy call on Finance Minister Amara Konneh at the Ministry of Finance Tuesday, Mr. Ouedraogo disclosed that the ECOWAS Commission has donated 300 metric tons of rice, as part of its humanitarian gesture to support striving Ivorian refugees residing in Liberia. The ECOWAS Commission President along with some officials of government visited several Ivorian refugee camps in Grand Gedeh County to assess the status of the Ivorian Refugees in the area. He also held meetings with the UN and other Humanitarian organizations operating in the camps.

For his part, Finance Minister Amara Konneh said Liberia is currently celebrating nine years of peace and economic recovery of which ECOWAS has played a major role in bringing peace and stability to Liberia. Minister Konneh acknowledged ECOWAS enormous assistance to Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture in the comprehensive agriculture program to support small farmers across the country. He also lauded the regional body for assisting the country in its fight against natural disaster programs including the caterpillar raid and flooding situations in the country.

Meanwhile, President Kadre Desire Ouedraogo has turned over three hundred metrics tones of rice to Minister Konneh intended for the Ivorian Refugees. The ceremony took place at the Freeport of Monrovia Tuesday.

Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo is former Prime Minister of Burkina Faso and became the President of the Economic Community of West African States Commission in 2012. President Ouedraogo and delegation will depart Liberia early Wednesday morning for Abuja, Nigeria.

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