President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has held what she termed as necessary meetings with several development partners in New York, the United States that would help establish the foundation for international understanding of the challenges with which Liberia is confronted.
It would also inform partners of the Liberian government’s strategies towards the recovery process, and more importantly, to rally meaningful support and assistance for the implementation of the country’s Economic Stabilization and Recovery Plan (ESRP).
Some of those the President met included Japanese Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kazuyuki Najane, Hedge Fund Manager and Philanthropist James Harris Simon and Under Secretary General and Executive Director of United Nations Joint Program on HIV/AIDS, Mr. Michel Sidibe.
The Liberian President also paid a courtesy call on Under Secretary for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Herve Ladsou.
All of these took place ahead of the High-Level International Conference on Ebola that was held over the weekend at the United Nations in New York, a dispatch from New York said.
While meeting with Vice Minister Najane, President Sirleaf thanked the Japanese Government for their contribution to combat the Ebola virus disease in the three worst-affected countries.
She praised the cordial relations subsisting between the two countries which dates as far back as 1970, and the ongoing mobilization to begin the repair and expansion of the Somalia Drive as well as concluding works on a ten megawatts generator which is expected to come online in February 2016.
President Sirleaf reminded the Japanese Vice Foreign Minister of the need to establish their Embassy in Liberia so as to strengthen direct contacts between the two countries.
Mr. Najane, in return, lauded President Sirleaf’s leadership which, he said, was exemplified in overcoming the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia. He pledged his Government’s continuous engagements in Liberia’s development drives. He also invited President Sirleaf to the Tokyo International Conference on Africa’s Development (TICA D), slated for 2016.
Meeting with President Sirleaf, Hedge Fund Manager Simon said arrangements have been concluded for the installation of two anesthesia machines in the country.
An anesthesia machine is the apparatus used to deliver general anesthesia to patients as they undergo a medical procedure. The most commonly used device is the continuous-flow anesthetic machine, which provides a steady flow of air containing a regulated supply of gas.
Mr. Simon said the pending installation is in fulfillment of his promise made to contribute to the ongoing health sector recovery. The team from his foundation is expected to arrive in Liberia next week.
President Sirleaf welcome the initiative and said the action will help to boost the health care sector in Liberia and identified the Redemption Hospital as an ideal location for one of the machines. She encouraged private investments in the country’s recovering health sector, emphasizing the need to continue the transition from treatment to prevention.
Madam Sirleaf also held a brief meeting with the UN HIV/AIDS’s Sidibe who expressed support for Liberia’s recovery program and commended the Liberian Government and people for their bold and courageous stance against the Ebola.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has paid a courtesy call on the Under Secretary for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Herve Ladsou, who expressed confidence in Liberia’s transition process. He said the ongoing UNMIL drawdown testifies to the progress that Liberia continues to make in its development since the end of the conflict. He reiterated the decision of the Security Council to conduct the drawdown in a prudent manner to avoid undermining the gains made thus far.