The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: Ellen Off to London

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf departed the country Thursday morning to participate in the launch of the Olusugun Obasanjo Foundation (OOF) in London, the United Kingdom. An Executive Mansion release issued here said President Sirleaf will return on Sunday, 10 February 2013.

According to the release, President Sirleaf will participate on a President's Panel at the event, where she will speak about the "Importance of Educating Girls in Africa."

The Executive Mansion, in the release, said "The education of girls is one of four areas of focus of the new Foundation," listing the others as "food and nutrition security; youth empowerment, and a health initiative for non-communicable diseases."

The special event is expected to bring together President Obasanjo's closest friends and Foundation supporters for a gala dinner featuring the President and notable guests discussing the importance of the Foundation's initiatives and building on the President's heartfelt commitment to advance human security.

Today, the Liberian leader will be the luncheon guest of the Good Governance Group (G3), a strategic advisory consultancy that provides advice on managing opportunities, risk mitigation, governance and regulatory compliance.

President Sirleaf will speak on "Investment Opportunities and Issues of Economic Governance in Liberia." Former United States Secretary of State during the Ronald Reagan administration, Dr. Chester A. Crocker is the Group's Executive Chair. Accompanying the President to London is the Minister of Justice, Cllr. Christiana Tah.

While the Liberian leader is away, the Minister of National Defense, Hon. Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., will chair the Cabinet in consultation with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.

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