According to an Executive Mansion release, the one-on-one decision with the Liberian leader focused on the country’s partnership with Honorable Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) and Liberia as well as other global issues.
President Sirleaf during the Working Session reflected on the country’s economic history, nothing that Liberia has for a long period depended on the extractive sector. She pointed out that due to shocks in the prices of iron ore and rubber, the country’s 9.5% growth rate declined. “This period was followed by the ebola crisis which led so further economic problems. With the aim of achieving diversification, we are now focused on agriculture with oil palm and other tree corps, particular cocoa targeted”, President Sirleaf narrated.
She also reflected on the visioning process that gave birth to the Vision 2030 development program and the medium-term intervention under the Agenda for Transformation intended to help the country reach a middle income status.
The Liberian leader noted that the continuing lingering effects of the Ebola crisis, capacity gap, a challenged business environment, among others remain major constraints to economic expansion.
Public Works Minister Gyude Moore provided updates on infrastructural development particularly road construction linked to Liberia’s borrowing constraint, while Minister Patrick Sendolo updated the Working Session on the government’s energy program with emphasis on the HFO Plants, on-going work at the Mount Coffee Hydro as well as the Transmission and Distribution initiative. The session mainly focused on infrastructural development, education and economic diversification.
The Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) has been engaged with the Government of President Sirleaf since 2010 providing critical governance-related support to Liberia in advancing its reconstruction and good governance drive.