President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday, July 5, received a High-level delegation from the World Bank (WB) headed by the Bank’s Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Henry G.R. Kerali.
The delegation included the outgoing Country Manager, Ms. Inguna Dobraja, and the incoming Country Manager, Ms. Larisa Leshchenko.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the visit was aimed at introducing the new Country Manager of the World Bank to Liberia and to also share information on the current Country Program Portfolio, as well as the program plan for the future.
Earlier, Mr. Kerali thanked President Sirleaf for the audience and pointed out that even though a Country Manager is assigned for a maximum of three years, the outgoing Country Manager has been working in Liberia for over four and a half years. Mr. Kerali attributed it to her excellent performance in Liberia.
He then presented the new Country Manager, Ms. Leshchenko, and expressed the hope that she will properly fit in the place of her outgoing colleague. He renewed the Bank’s commitment to Liberia, stressing that the country remains a priority to the Bank.
For her part, President Sirleaf described the WB as a true family partner to Liberia and lauded it for the many positive contributions to Liberia’s recovery process. She described Dobraja as more than just a representative of the Bank in Liberia, but a family to the country.
She indicated that Madam Dobraja is valued by Liberians because she understood the country, its people their needs and expressed the hope that her successor will follow her steps. She stressed the need for direct budget support from WB during the current budget year considering the many challenges faced by Liberia.
Ms. Dobraja takes a new assignment in Cambodia as the WB Country Manager, while the incoming Country Manager last served in Azerbaijan as the Bank’s Country Manager. She is expected to officially assume duty by August 1.