Speaking at a welcome and interfaith intercessory program organized by the Amara Mohammed Konneh Foundation that brought together the Muslim and Christian communities, the Yana Boys Association of Liberia, student groups, government officials, Shoe Shine Boys of Liberia, and the business community, the Former Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) Minister said his visit includes amongst others talking with friends about the future of Liberia.
“I have come to reconnect with friends and talk about the future of Liberia and to visit my farm, because I am a farmer, Konneh said, noting, “I am thankful to God that he did not make me forget my roots. I was born poor. I am not in Liberia for power but I have come to work with my people, visit my farm, celebrate the festive season and contribute to the development process of my country.”
Konneh said, when God gave me power through the blessing of the President, he helped young people, for which all of had gathered to welcome him.
“My vision is to empower the young generation of Liberians through education by assisting schools around the country and working to renovate churches and mosques to rebuild our country and strengthen the youth and the Liberian people. And my target is to create avenues for entrepreneurs and improve the livelihood of shoe shine boys, market women which are part of my Foundation’s mandate,” Konneh stated.
Amara Konneh’s ascendency to the top World Bank post comes over the heels of his solid leadership background. He is credited for providing leadership for several continental, regional and sub-regional organizations.
He most recently served as Chairman of Africa Group I Constituency of the IMF. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Mano River Union (MRU) Ministerial Council and the African Peer Review Mechanism's Ministerial Council.
He was the coordinator of all the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) activities in Liberia; and the recipient of Harvard University's Kennedy School 2016 Alumni Public Service Award. He was named Africa's Finance Minister of the Year 2014 by The Banker magazine, a subsidiary of the Financial Times for his efforts to reform, stabilize and grow the Liberian economy.