EU Holds Political Dialogue with Liberia

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The Government of the Republic of Liberia and the European Union (EU) have met for the Ninth edition of the EU-Liberia Political Dialogue. This meeting was held under Article 8 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States, which enables the establishment of a platform for regular and comprehensive political dialogue.

According to a press release, the 9th EU-Liberia Political Dialogue was co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah Sr., and the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Liberia, Ambassador Laurent Delahousse.

Both parties discussed a large number of issues of mutual interest, including the state of the economy and public finance and the implementation of the PAPD; creating the conditions for broad-based economic growth and job creation through business and investment climate measures; governance, accountability, transparency, and anti-corruption measures; human rights, including the conclusions of the latest session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Liberia and the fight against sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

Elections, including lessons learned from the 2020 mid-term Senatorial elections and Constitutional referendum, as well as electoral reform; public health issues, including Liberia’s response to COVID-19 and preparedness to Ebola virus disease (EVD); the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC); food security; education, including technical and vocational education and training (TVET); and the programming of the EU-Liberia partnership in the period 2021-2027 (following the period 2014-2020, during which the European Union’s support to Liberia under the European Development Fund amounted to around 330 Million US dollars).

At the end of the dialogue, both parties reaffirmed their commitment to continuing to hold regular political dialogues on issues of common interest and following-up on the conclusions and agreements reached in the course of these dialogues. The parties also reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthening the EU-Liberia partnership, and expressed their desire that the tenth (10th) edition of the EU-Liberia Political Dialogue takes place in the second half of 2021.

Members of the Liberian delegation included H.E. Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Samuel Tweah, Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Hon. Mawine Diggs, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Hon. Wilhemina Jallah, Minister of Health, Hon. Williametta Peso Tarr-Saydee, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, and Hon. Frank Musah Dean, Jr. Minister of Justice.

Other includes Hon. Jeanine Milley Cooper Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Ansu Sonii (Prof.), Minister of Education, H. E. Isaac W. Nyenabo, II, Ambassador of Liberia to Belgium and the European Union, Hon. Molewuleh B. Gray, Chairman of the National Investment Commission, Hon. Elizabeth Dorkin, Acting Chairperson of Governance Commission, and Kanio Bai Gbala, Acting Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission.

The rest were Hon. Yusador Gaye, Chairperson of the General Auditing Commission, Cllr. Boakai Dukuly, Commissioner of the National Elections Commissions, Hon. Emma Matieh Glassco, Executive Director of National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority, Rev. Bartholomew B. Colley, Acting Chair of the Independent National Human Rights Commission, Hon. C. Mike Doryen, Managing Director of Forestry Development Authority, and Hon. Edward Mulbah, Executive Director, Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Representing the European Union, besides the Head of the Delegation of the European Union Ambassador Laurent Delahousse, were the Ambassador of Germany Hubert J. Jäger, Ambassador of Sweden Ingrid Wetterqvist, Ambassador of Ireland Lesley Ni Bhriain, Ambassador of France Michaël Roux, Chargée d’Affaires of Ireland Kate O’Donnell, Deputy Head of Mission of Germany Joern Semmler, Deputy Head of Mission of France Hugues Nagy, Head of the Political, Press and Information Section of the Delegation of the European Union Juan Antonio Frutos Goldaratz, Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union Theodorus Kaspers, Head of the Governance Operational Section of the Delegation of the European Union Jyrki Torni, First Secretary of Sweden Arto Immonen, Second Secretary of Ireland Rachel Fitzpatrick, and Representative of the French Development Agency Mathilde Richelet.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Unfortunately, after wasting 3 precious years!

    Any serious political grouping aspiring to improve the livelihood of its people will first and foremost have projects (the platform) in every economic sector of the country. It then identifies sources of financing from own resources, before reaching out to external partners to get pledges or promises of the supplementary financing of its pro-Poor for Prosperity and Development.
    Upon taken the oath of office, such serious political grouping will then name the resource people (already identified from feasibility studies) to lead the various time-bound projects.

    In our country Liberia, this simple logic that any Grade 10 student should know, is sadly working the other way around.
    Because the CDC has gotten a slap in the face from the senatorial election, they have now started doing what should have been done first.
    Why are you now turning to the EU to hold political dialogue? Because you have failed your people? Oh, you want to say you have started working so that you can earn another 6-year term?

    Just look at the figure given by the EU from 2014-2020, the sum of $330 million. Do you think they can help you to begin anything sustainable?
    Liberia can raise such amount from our economy in at most one week when we do the right things with the right people. How much do you think you will get from the EU? And you know the cost of such debts, don’t you?

    You see, Abraham Lincoln said, and Bob Marley sang, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, you can fool all the people some time, but you can’t fool all the people all of the time.”
    You guys spent precious Year 1 plundering the Liberian people money; building properties, amassing for US banks, enjoying yourselves in regional capitals, playing football, ludu, going to the studio to make music about yourselves (Mr. Liar Men), etc. Then you turned on the people to kill them economically, culturally and socially, making you the second most notorious pro-Pocket government for the Pauperization and Dehumanization of Liberia, after Charles D. B. King.
    Why do you want to start a political dialogue now? Too late, CDC! Know that the people have vomited you and are only waiting for your constitutional time to be over to bid you farewell.

    By the way, why did you carry Mr . Kemayah to lead this talk? Don’t you know he’s a Socrates? I thought the CDC did not need Socrates to develop Liberia. I thought the CDC would have come with their bully fists and big heads to dig the ground and plant cocoa, use their muscles to grind them out of chocolate bars, use their pipi (urine) to sweeten them while “causing’ ma and pa “causes”.

    We have gone 15 years of wasted time of fratricide. Instead of you guys joining hands with the rightful people to take our country somewhere after this useless period, you had been fighting for 15 years to disintegrate the tentative foundations put in place by the former regime. Why will you be this dangerous and useless to your own country? Is this the agenda for prosperity and development you promised your people?

    Do us (ANC) a favor, leave things as you met them! Do not continue to disintegrate the foundation set by the former government.
    Do not build any 80 kilometers road from Ganta to Saclepea. If you are not able to do anything positive and sustainable, don’t spoil anything savagely!

    My heart bleeds for my country Liberia!

  2. The EU-Liberia political dialogue was held. At the conference, both sides expressed their views gentlemanly and respectfully without being afraid of one another. Remarkably, the Liberian delegation did not discuss the issue of how many jobs would be created within a given time frame. There was cordiality on both sides. From the perspective of an unbiased observer, it is fair to say that the dialogue was a complete success.

    The EU-Liberia dialogue covered a broad range of issues. For instance, economic, political and regional security issues were discussed. Also discussed during the dialogue were issues of agriculture, education and national development.

    Delegates:
    Because of the types of issues discussed, the government of Liberia and its EU counterparts appointed competent delegates in order to reach an existential understanding. Thanks to the government of Liberia and its adroitness. Because of the government’s effectiveness, a whopping majority of the Liberian people wholly agree to this fact:
    Had it been “that guy”, there wouldn’t have been peace during the dialogue.

    What comes next? A Can Of Worms!
    Below the equator are some ostentatious Africans who just can’t wait. These Africans who disguise themselves as political operatives, give the impression that they’re debonair and urbane. The political operatives would like to present to us “that guy” as the ideal candidate. Sadly, that guy has a slew of issues. First and foremost, that guy has never been politically tested. Because of his limited political experience there are serious concerns. Because of that guy, the Liberian intelligentsia is crestfallen, demoralized and jaded.

    The Ultimate Fear:
    Should that guy be given the opportunity to serve as the next president, he will definitely denude Liberia.

    Wake up Liberia.

  3. Based on the picture they appear to be meeting remotely. If that is the case each of these Liberian participants could have just stayed in their offices or homes and remoted in; saving gas, time and reducing the potential transmission of COVID.

  4. Liberians no longer need politicians.
    They just need “that guy” who is a political novice but astute manager of resources.

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