demobilize, rehabilitate and reintegrate the country’s multifarious warring factions; as well as hold a credible democratic election, that public expectations would be exceptionally high for the incoming regime to “build Rome in a day”.
Much of our high expectations were hinged on the goodwill spontaneity of our international development partners who worked with the incoming regime of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to meet those specific international benchmarks that would allow the country benefit from future medium to long term development assistance.
It is no gainsaying that government’s ability to meet the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) benchmarks that allowed Liberia benefit from debt relief and low-interest loans, and as well cancel or reduce external debt repayments to sustainable levels remains paramount to whatever success story the Ellen Johnson Government and this nation will be telling in the future. By Liberia joining the ranks of 36 other nations provided us the golden opportunity to obtain low interest loans that could be repaid in a timely manner. The conditions attached to joining this privileged legion was however contingent on how well Liberia performed in terms of meeting a range of economic management and performance targets and undertaking economic and social reforms that would ultimately benefit the country at large.
One of the many tangibles from this important financial management and economic reform initiative is the just dedicated Gbarnga-Ganta to Guinea border highway which allows citizens of Nimba and Bong counties have improve road access to market opportunities, and as well ensures regional integration, and economic cooperation amongst the four Mano River Union member countries.
For us at the Capitol Times, we want to give resounding kudo to our President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and all other branches of government whose functionaries spent sleepless nights in ensuring the actualization of this monumental project.
Of especial mention, Capitol Times would be completely remiss if we failed to give kudos to Liberia’s many international development partners, paramount among whom are the World Bank, the European Union, among many others, whose direct financial contributions made this dream a reality. Because of their selfless assistance, our people can now have access to market, schools, health centers and other services essential that will improve the lives.
Lest we forget, a final caveat: when someone washes your back, you must wash your own stomach. Local government authorities must work hard with their legislators to ensure that social beneficiation funds for the respective beneficiary counties are properly utilized to ensure maintenance of these roads.