20 March 2013

Liberia: President Sirleaf Departs on Official Visit to Netherlands, State Visit to Indonesia, and Post-2015 High-Level Panel Meeting in Bali

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the head of a high-level delegation, departed the country for an Official Visit to The Hague, Netherlands, and a State and Working Visit to the Republic of Indonesia.

According to an Executive Mansion release, while in The Hague, on Thursday, March 21, President Sirleaf, one of three co-Chairs on the UN High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, will deliver the keynote address at a Multi Stakeholder Dialogue on Water in the Post-2015 Agenda and Discussion of the Results of the Global Thematic Consultation on Water.

On Friday, March 22, the President will participate in the celebration of World Water Day, and serve as a panelist at a High-Level Forum on Water Cooperation. Other panelists are the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova; the Chair of UN-Water, Mr. Michael Jarraud; His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan; His Royal Highness The Prince of Orange; the Vice Minister of Public Works of Mozambique, Mr. Francisco Pereira; the Chief Executive Officer of Unilever and a member of the High-Level Panel, Mr. Paul Polman; and the CEO of the Kenyan Association of Manufacturers and a member of the High-Level Panel, Ms. Betty Maina.

At the end of the program, President Sirleaf will be handed a High-Level Forum Outcome Statement to be taken to the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda.

Following her visit to the Netherlands, President Sirleaf begins a State and Working Visit to Jakarta and Bali, Republic of Indonesia, from Sunday, March 24 to Thursday, March 28.

While in Jakarta, President Sirleaf and delegation will hold bilateral discussions with the President of Indonesia, H.E. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. At the end of the meeting, the two Presidents will sign a Memorandum of Understanding, followed by a joint press conference. During the State Visit, President Sirleaf will attend a State Luncheon in her honor, visit the National Museum, as well as a small and medium enterprises and cooperatives promotion center.

President Sirleaf will attend the Fourth Meeting of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda at Bali’s Nusa Dua Convention Center, hosted by Indonesian President Yudhoyono on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26-27.  The President and delegation depart for Monrovia on Thursday, March 28.

Accompanying the Liberian leader to Indonesia are the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, and Commerce and Industry, Mr. Augustine Ngafuan, Dr. Florence Chenoweth, and Ms. Miata Beysolow, respectively; the Advisor to the President on Legal Affairs, Cllr. Seward Cooper; the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Sylvester Grigsby; the Chief of Protocol, Republic of Liberia, Ambassador Elijah Sieh; the Deputy Minister of Commerce, Mr. Axel Addy; and the Presidential Press Secretary, Mr. Jerolinmek Piah, among others.

While President Sirleaf is away from the country, the Minister of Justice, Cllr. Christiana Tah, will Chair the Cabinet in consultation with the Vice President, Dr. Joseph N. Boakai, Sr., and telephone conversation with Her Excellency.   President Sirleaf is expected back home on Friday, March 29.

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