EU Conference on Ebola Affected Countries Begins Today

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her delegation will today participate in a major conference, organized by the European Union (EU) in Brussels, Belgium to discuss the way forward in the economic and social recovery of countries affected by the deadly Ebola virus.

President Sirleaf, according to a statement from the European Union, will serve as a spokesperson on behalf of the three Mano River Union countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

 Presidents and Ministers of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Togo as well as representatives of the African Union Commission, the UN, the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and the European Union will all be attending.

The Conference is taking place at the historic Egmont Palace in Brussels, and will be attended by Queen Mathilde . 

The main focus is to maintain current efforts of preventing the spread of the Ebola virus and to also put in place a plan to help Liberia and the other main African countries to recover and also plan for the future. 

During the conference, the 11th European Development Fund National Indicative Program for Liberia 2014-2020 will be signed between Liberia and the EU. 

 This is the most important support program of the EU to Liberia for the coming years. This Fund is allocating EUR 279 million (USD 326 million at current exchange rates) to Liberia, which will be divided into four areas, including Good Governance, Energy, Education and Agriculture.

  The EU and its member states have so far pledged about EUR 1.2 billion to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

The EU Ambassador to Liberia, Ms Tiina INTELMANN, said "For us it is crucial to assess the priorities and envisaged action presented by Liberia and to find a way that we can all work together, in the immediate and longer term, for recovery in Liberia and in West Africa."

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