Vice President Boakai visits providence, Rhode Island, Philadephia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey- Receives Honors

Thursday, 20th June 2013

Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N.Boakai on the second leg of his visit to the United States has been honored by the City Council of Philadelphia and the SMART, the Strengthening the Mid Atlantic Region for Tomorrow based in the City of Philadelphia.

In the Citation read at the close of the Session, the City Council recounted the many contributions made by Vice President Boakai over the years in the service of his Nation as well as those contributions made by him in the private sector, including his philanthropic support to humanity according to Vice Presidential Press Secretary, George Saah.

The citation was read by Darrel L. Clarke, President of the City Council of Philadelphia who also affixed his signature to the citation and Councilwoman of the Third District, Jannie L. Blackwell.

Vice President Boakai and authorities of Drexel University have been considering avenues for the mobilization of the needed resources rehabilitating and reforming education in Liberia as well as the enhancement of the overall socio-economic security enhancement of Liberia.

These interactions between the Vice President and authorities of Drexel University were part of a forum organized by Drexel University and the Global Interdependence Center and spearheaded by the Office of International Programs of the University.

Speaking to the Trade and Investment Forum Thursday, Vice President Boakai said Liberia’s Vision 2030 has set the Nation on an irreversible trajectory, propelled by the collective resolve to lift our people unto loftier heights, the release continued.

‘The realization of this vision will be greatly helped by healthy and productive partnerships, especially from capable, friendly, and interested sources.

Thursday morning Vice President Boakai flew into Philadelphia from Providence Rhode Island where he had gone on official business.

Earlier on Thursday, Vice President Boakai visited the School District of Philadephia and met with Pedros Ramos, Chairman, School Reform Commission and Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of the School District of mPhiladephia to explore the possibility of collaborations with the School District of Philadephia and the Ministry of Education of Liberia. Vice President Boakai also met a group of Liberian students who are attending public schools in Philadelphia. These are students that came to the United States during the civil war, but due to the difficulties they were experiencing in coping with studies as a result of language barrier or other special problems, a special program to help them was established.

Friday, Vice President Boakai will visit Lincoln University, the oldest historically Black College in the United States. At Lincoln University Vice President Boakai will participate in a education roundtable to discuss the role that Lincoln University can play in the rehabilitation of Liberia’s educational system.

Later on Friday, June 22, Vice President Boakai will meet with the Mayor  of Camden in New Jersey and a citation will be proclaimed in his Honour, the Third of such honour since his arrival in the United States last Monday.While at Camden, New Jersey, Vice President Boakai will visit Rowan University where a panel discussion will take place under the theme ‘The  Global African Diaspora Initiatives Summit: focusing on business, education and trade in Liberia and West Africa.

The panel which will consist of the Ambassadors from the Republics of Guinea, Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast and Liberia will focus on the importance of the Mano River Union, the dispatch from Philadelphia said.

Meanwhile, the Liberian Association of Pennsylvania, LAP, will convene a town hall meeting this Saturday  at which time Vice President Boakai is expected to address a number of issues including the efforts made by the Government of Liberia to develop the country. He will feature questions from the Liberian Community. Philadelphia is home to the second largest Liberian Community in the United States, the first being Minnesota. The Chairman of the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs, Stanley L. Straughter and authorities of the Liberian Association of Pennsylvania have been working on the visit of the Vice President to these New England States, the release concluded.