14 January 2014

West Africa: ECOWAS Tables Workplan

At the end of a sub-regional meeting held in Abidjan, the Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia's President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says ECOWAS has tabled the workplan that has been prepared by the Economic Community of West African States or ECOWAS Commission on infrastructure development within the entire subregion. On the suspended workplan are roads, power and telecommunications, according to President Sirleaf.

In a brief interview with journalists at the Roberts International Airport or RIA in Margibi County on Saturday, January 11, the Liberian leader said the summit went very well, disclosing that leaders are committed to supporting West Africa, particularly in the developing of infrastructure.

"So we tabled the workplan that has been prepared by the ECOWAS Commission on the infrastructure development within the entire subregion - roads, power, and telecommunications," she said.

While in Abidjan, the Liberian leader said she had a bilateral meeting with President Allasane Ouattara, which she said mainly focused on the ongoing peace initiative between Liberia and Cote d-Ivoire.

The talks in Abidjan between the two presidents followed a major meeting held in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County inside Liberia. Besides, President Sirleaf said their discussion which touched on security matters in the subregion, also sought to make sure that the linkage between Liberia and Sierra Leone and other countries are included.

In more development from subregional meetings, President Sirleaf said she met with the president of the African Development Bank to review the status of Liberia's water and sanitation program supported by the bank, including the Monrovia water system as well as the system in Buchanan, Kakata and Zwedru.

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