The founder of Africa Governance Initiative, (AGI) former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, said his institution will continue to support the development agenda of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Mr. Blair stated that his organization will continue to this by the provision of technical assistance and high level expertise in order to ensure that government’s priority projects are executed efficiently.
Prime Minister Blair said that though government is striving to provide basic necessities that would help in making the Liberian economy vibrant, which in return will lead to the well-being of its citizenry, there are still challenges that need to be tackled collectively.
AGI is working for a future in which Africa’s development is led by Africans, with governments that are capable of setting and achieving priorities that reflect the rising aspirations and expectations of their citizens.
Speaking at a joint press briefing held with President Sirleaf at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday December 8, in Monrovia, Prime Minister Blair said, the AGI, which has been rendering technical assistance to the government since 2009, will continue to buttress the efforts of the President to ensure that Liberia gets what it take to improve its economy
He said that the effects of some of the major investments that have taken placed in the country— including projects initiated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, some of which his institution has been wholly involved in over the past couple of years—will in little or no time, begin to be have an impact on economy.
Prime Minister Blair said investment in power, electricity and other infrastructures including roads, bridges, which are meant to give the country’s economy a boost, have been in their initial stages, and have not been felt by the people up to this point. Soon, however, some significant results are due from some of the big investments.
“Liberia is a country that is on the move. We soon will begin to see some significant results from big investments done over the years, especially in the power sector and other areas that will help to fuel the economy of the country. We are pleased to work alongside this great team led by Madam President that has so much dedicated and committed people,” the former British Prime Minister said.
AGI model combines the experience of its founder and patron, Mr. Blair, with on-the-ground teams of professionals permanently based in partner countries like Liberia. The team works shoulder-to-shoulder with senior leaders in the heart of government to develop capacity and put in place the skills, systems, and structures needed to drive the delivery of results on the ground.
President Sirleaf noted that the visit of Prime Minister Blair to Liberia again was important because his institution has done and continues to do so much for the people and government of Liberia by the provision of expertise to her government.
She said that over the next four years her government will concentrate more on unemployment, especially of the young people, and other important areas.
Mrs. Sirleaf lauded the former British Prime Minister for his team’s technical support, which she said has given a big push to the government and people of Liberia.
Also briefing reporters after the press conference was AGI Country Director, Rupert Simons. Mr. Simmons is working for a future in which Africa’s development is led by Africans, with governments that are capable of setting and achieving priorities that reflect the rising aspirations and expectations of their citizens.
Mr. Simons noted that for AGI to achieve this vision, the institution provides practical advice and support to help African leaders to bridge the gap between their vision for a better future and the capacity of their governments to achieve it.
“We work with countries – currently Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda, Guinea, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Malawi – that are at turning points. In these countries, and where we were invited by the Head of Government to provide capacity development support,” he explained.