Pres. Weah off to Japan for TICAD Summit

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President George Weah on Saturday, August 24, 2019 departed the country for the Asian Republic of Japan, where he is expected to be for about a week. The President, according an Executive Mansion release, has been invited by the Japanese Government to attend the 2019 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).

The conference takes place from August 28-30, 2019 in Pacifico, Yokohama.

It is not clear as to the number of his delegation, but the Daily Observer on Saturday gathered that the President is traveling with a 67-member delegation on special chartered flights that would take them to Tokyo within (about) 12 hours.

TICAD is an international conference led by Japan and co-sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC). It is held every five years in Japan with the objective “to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners.” The first four of these conferences were held in Tokyo; the fifth one, like this year’s event, was held in nearby Yokohama.

TICAD has been an evolving element in Japan’s long-term commitment to fostering peace and stability in Africa through collaborative partnerships. The exchange of views amongst the conference delegates serves to underscore the case for more, not less, assistance from the major world economies.

The TICAD conferences were intended to help promote high-level policy dialogue amongst African leaders and their development partners.

According to the release, President Weah will join 46 other African leaders also invited to participate in the 7th Edition of the Development Conference, which began in 1993 to specifically foster economic cooperation between African countries and Japan, Asia’s 2nd economic powerhouse.

On the margins, President Weah is expected to hold bilateral discussions with Japanese officials and other African leaders at the conference.

While the President, along with his array of delegation, is away, Nathaniel McGill, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Office Staff, will act as chair of the cabinet in consultation with the Vice President via telephone contacts with the President.

Meanwhile public concern has been raised about the size of the President’s delegation to Japan in view of the critical economic situation facing the country, necessitating drastic cuts in civil servants’ salaries. According to a leading legal practitioner (name withheld), cuts in civil servants’ salaries currently being implemented are illegal, especially without their informed prior consent.

According to him, President Weah ought to show greater sensitivity by reducing the size of his delegations on his foreign travels. Presidential Press Secretary, Solo Kelgbeh, could not be reached for comment.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Hahahahahahah hahahahaah hahahahahaha….go mr.president…….only 67…i was hoping that you take at least 100…..$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$……….what’s the total cash out for this one…..let me guess….2.5 million….hahahhah hahahhah. Changed is here..

  2. Weah’s government will fail because of his failures to tackle his domestic challenges and set his priorities straight.

    Leaders of many underdeveloped countries often seek for assistance to help fulfill their development goals at home when they assume power; Liberia can be of no exception. However, Liberia’s situation is unique. I say this because ours is a country that is struggling to undo the paralyzing legacies of a civil war. But from all indications, the country seems to be getting nowhere. And this comes as the result of merciless looting, greed, and the fostering of a very violent political atmosphere.

    Money is a very skittish creature, and it does not do good under uncertainties. Such is the case with seeking for Foreign aid and direct investment. How is this agenda achievable when the government is so enraptured in a floodgate of political violence, and financial scandals of unprecedented proportions? Is the world not watching?

    Will the Japan trip reap any benefits? Yes, but with the exception that it might only benefit those African nations who have demonstrated and continue to demonstrate exemplary leadership and good governance over the years among their respective constituents. Sadly, Liberia does not measure up.

    With such factors considered, the president’s visit will only be seen as yet another recess taken to visit that part of the world, wine and dine with world’s dignitaries, and a breather from the domestic problems that might eventually become Weah’s choke-hold.

  3. Lying on Weah and his government everyday will not help you guys prosper or get to the presidency. The president left with 8persons and it wasn’t chartered flights or flight to Japan.
    You go up you come down Weah will be president for 12yrs. Deceptions can’t be sustain for long periods of time in politics. The feback is always good for those you lie against.

  4. Why leave on the 24th, for a conference that starts on the 28th? Also, taking along 67 delegates is just too much for a country where 90% of its citizens are living in poverty.
    Mr. President, please try and make adjustments to these unnecessary spending and stop this masquerading.

  5. Our major media outlets don’t give a damn about journalistic ethics such as accuracy of reporting, fairness, and accountability, because often they are more partisan than the politicians. For instance, even a basic fact of Sen Nyonblee Karnga-Laurence pouring tea, perhaps hot, on Sen Saah Joseph was downplayed by reporter Burgess Carter to drenching her colleague with “a small bottle of water”. Put another way, I take the arch of this story with a pinch of salt; why shouldn’t I!

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