Tuesday, 11th April 2017
President Sirleaf with ACBF Executive Secretary, Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie.
Photo Credit: Mr. Ousman Diallo-EXECUTIVE MANSION
Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday separately received a number of visiting High-Level delegations at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia. The separate delegations came from the African Capacity-building Foundation (ACBF), the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the Open Government Partnership (OGP).
According to an Executive release, President Sirleaf welcomed the delegations and commended them for their respective roles and activities in Liberia, which have helped enhance the quality of governance in the country.
She reminded Sanjay Pradhan, Chief Executive Officer of the Open Government Partnership about the Open Budget Process, which was started in Liberia and stressed the need for continuing it. President Sirleaf noted the robust posture of the OGP when it was first initiated in Liberia and expressed the hope for a return to such support. She assured Mr. Pradhan that Liberia remains committed to the OGP Process and will do all it can to institutionalize the process.
The OGP Chief Executive Officer who admitted to being a longtime admirer of President Sirleaf expressed joy over the opportunity to have met with the Liberian leader and reflected on Liberia’s admission to the Open Government Partnership in 2011. He pointed out that since that time, the country has been a shining example for others to emulate. He also informed President Sirleaf that the membership of the OGP has grown to 75 since 2011.
“Let me congratulate the Government of Liberia for its commitment to land transparency and access to justice. The quality of leadership of you Madam President in the OGP Process and overall governance in Liberia truly makes you an OGP Champion. Access to information is also a strong pillar of Liberia’s Open Government process,” he noted.
During her meeting with the African Capacity-building Foundation (ACBF) delegation headed by its Executive Secretary, Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, a number of issues were raised and discussed. Some of the issues raised covered the support to the ACBF, empowering women in agriculture, the Commissioning of an ACBF Country Needs Assessment and a request for President Sirleaf to serve as Champion of the ACBF.
President Sirleaf then welcomed the delegation over what she called a long awaited visit particularly at a time when the Agenda for Transformation with very precise goals is ongoing. She gave a personal testimony about the success of the Women in Agriculture initiative, which is now being piloted in Tanzania. She called for as re-assessment of the operations of LIMPAC with clearly defined goals and objectives. “This institution should be reorganized and transformed with a independent status,” she noted.
Earlier, Finance and Development Planning Minister, Boimah Kamara who accompanied the ACBF and APRM delegations noted that the African Capacity-building Foundation is re-engaged with Liberia and that the country is meeting its obligations to that body.
President Sirleaf also met separately with an African Peer-Review Mechanism delegation also led by the Minister of Finance and development Planning.