President Sirleaf Participates in European-African Forum

Wednesday, 15th November 2006
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has left the country for Brussels, to participate in the European-African Forum. The President left Tuesday night.

While in Brussels, the President will seek to obtain early commitments from the European Union on Donor pledges, as Liberia prepares for next year’s Donor meeting.

During Wednesday’s opening session, the President will be the first of two African leaders slated to address the gathering, which is expected to bring together more than twenty African Heads of State and Government. Ghanaian President John Kuffour will also address the Opening Session.

According to a Joint Ministry of Information/Executive Mansion Press Release, President Johnson Sirleaf is expected to urge Donor Countries to make good on their Deliveries, to speed up Liberia’s Development Programs.

The President will also be holding bilateral talks with the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, and later meet with World Bank President, Paul Wolfowitz.

Planning Minister Toga McIntosh is accompanying President Johnson-Sirleaf to the European-African Forum. They will be joined later by Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Dr. Eugene Shannon, who will also address a working Session.

While the Liberian leader is away, Justice Minister Frances Johnson-Morris will chair the cabinet, in close consultation with the Vice President.

The President returns to the country on Friday, November 17.