President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf departed the country on Thursday morning to participate in the official launch of the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation (OOF) taking place in London, United Kingdom, on Friday, February 8th.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf, who will participate on a President's Panel at the event, will speak about the "Importance of Educating Girls in Africa." The education of girls is one of four areas of focus of the new Foundation, the others being: food and nutrition security, youth empowerment, and a health initiative for non-communicable diseases.
The special evening will 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.
Earlier in Friday, 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. She will speak on "Investment Opportunities and Issues of Economic Governance in Liberia." Former United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs 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, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., will chair the Cabinet in consultation with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.
President Sirleaf returns to the country on Sunday, February 10th.