The African Development Bank (AfDB) has selected the four Mano River Union countries, including Liberia, to benefit from its new initiative— “regional integration.”
“The countries of the MRU hope to get interconnectivity, infrastructure, power, transportation and telecommunications systems development,” said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, when she touched down at Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County, Monday, February 4.
President Sirleaf made the disclosure upon her return from Malawi following a three-day 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where several important issues, including a report of activities of the AU peace and security council and the state of peace and security in Africa, were discussed.
According to President Sirleaf, “The African Development Bank (AfDB) will put emphasis on regional integration operation. This means Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire as MRU Countries would benefit particularly from improved interconnectivity, infrastructure development, power systems, transport systems and telecommunications.”
She further stated that Liberia continues to provide leadership among her African counterparts.
After the two-day summit in Addis, the Liberian leader made a stopover in Malawi, where the other female President on the continent is— Madam Joyce Banda.
“While in Malawi we were able to hold a bilateral meeting on the United Nations Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL) draw down and the work of the United Nations in Liberia.”
President Sirleaf said the report was praised by her colleagues and they appreciated the work. “They praised the report and we are working on the African Common position to make sure that Africa’s priorities are clearly reflected and taken into account in the post-2015 agenda.”
President Sirleaf chaired her first APRM meeting with her colleagues discussing governance in the Liberia.
Commenting on the visit to Malawi with the President, Liberian Foreign Affairs Minister, Augustine Ngafuan said as part of their visit to Malawi the Liberian government had negotiated and signed an Economic Cooperation Agreement that brings the two countries together bilaterally on health, agriculture, education, tourism, financial and monitoring interaction and other issues.
“We agreed to set up a joint commission and will be meeting every two years. Under the committee there would be attention given to various sectors, I made some contacts that would allow us to link up with their counterparts from Ministry to Ministry,” the Foreign Minister concluded.