US Welcomes CAP

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The government of the United States has welcomed  the Common African Position (CAP) adopted by the African Union and has expressed support for Africa’s leadership and participation in drafting of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

 The CAP was developed by a by High Level Committee (HLC) headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and was launched in Chad few months ago. Its  contents will be presented to the United Nations shortly.

 The CAP contains dreams and aspirations of the African people that ought to be enshrined in the post 2015 global development agenda.

The US government, through its Deputy Secretary of States for Management and Resources, Heather Higginbottom, reaffirmed that the United States welcomes the CAP, and expressed support for Africa’s leadership and participation as they work together to pursue a successful Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Deputy Secretary Higginbottom made these remarks when she addressed a press stakeout in the Foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs following a courtesy call on President Sirleaf at her office on Friday, June 20, 2014.

Ms. Higginbottom  arrived in Liberia June 19 for a two-day official visit on the last leg of a three-nation African tour that included stops in Senegal and Kenya. She was also in the country to assess the U.S. Embassy operations in Liberia.

She commended President Sirleaf for her leadership of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Common African Position (CAP).

President Sirleaf was one of three heads of state appointed by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to spearhead a process of producing a new global development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals which expires in 2015.

The Liberian leader was also selected by her African peers to head the HLC to prepare a holistic position for Africa to be enshrined in the global post-2015 development agenda.

In this regard, Deputy Secretary Higginbottom said: “I commended President Sirleaf for her leadership of the Post-2015 development agenda and the CAP Commission. I reaffirm that the US welcomes the CAP, and I express support for Africa’s leadership and participation as we work together to pursue a successful post-2015 development agenda.”

Ms. Higginbottom praised the long standing relationship between the United States and Liberia, and expressed delight of having the opportunity to see Liberia in person. “The ties between our two governments and our peoples are strong and we will continue to strengthen this partnership in the years ahead,” the Deputy Secretary said.

She thanked the Government and people of Liberia for the warm reception and for taking time to give her an insight into some of the key issues facing Liberia as the country moves forward on its development agenda.

Ms. Higginbottom was confirmed as Deputy Secretary of State by the US Senate in December 2013. In her current role, she shares in the global responsibilities for US foreign policy and has broad management and programmatic oversight responsibilities for both the Department of State and the US Agency for International Development.

According to the Executive Mansion, President Sirleaf and Deputy Secretary Higginbottom, during their meeting, discussed the upcoming African Leaders Summit in Washington in early August 2014, which is expected to underscore President Barack Obama’s strong commitment to Africa.

They also discussed the importance of developing Liberia’s energy sector for the continued economic growth of the country; and the recent travel of 15 Liberians who are in the United States to take part in the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

Also speaking at the stakeout in the Foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs following the meeting, Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan said the discussion between the Liberian leader and the U.S. Deputy Secretary was “very productive.”

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