Says Veep Howard-Taylor
Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, participating in the 30th International Women Leaders Conference organized by Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV), said she is learning new skills and technologies that will be used to contribute to the growth and development of the country.
According to a press release from her office, the Vice President participation in the event is expected to pave way for Liberia to benefit from international cooperation and programs in education, health, electricity, and agriculture from the State of Israel.
The conference brought together prominent women from 45 countries, under the theme, “Leading Women Making a Difference,” and was held in Haifa, Israel’s third largest city from May 28-30.
The release said the occasion presented a unique opportunity for the vice president to rally more support to the government’s “pro-poor agenda,” because Israel has expertise directly relevant to Liberia. “We are hoping to secure cooperation and support in agriculture, early childhood education, community development, health, and electricity,” she said.
According to her, these are critical areas that need immediate interventions, adding: “We believe that once supported it would provide employment opportunities for our young population.”
At the end of the conference, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin hosted Vice President Howard-Taylor along with other participants. The head of MASHAV Ambassador Gil Haskel was honored to give the President MASHAV’s 60 Anniversary Book.
Vice President Howard-Taylor also attended SHALVA, an Israeli initiative dedicated to providing transformative care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families and promoting social inclusion.
Coincidentally, Veep Howard-Taylor has statutory responsibility for the Group of ’77, an organization that caters to physically challenged persons in Liberia.
MASHAV-Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation focuses on human capacity building, to empower those living in poverty to improve their own lives.
Vice President Howard-Taylor’s visit to Israel, according to the release, could not have come at a better time when the George Weah-led administration is fighting tooth and nail to resuscitate Liberia’s dangerously challenged health sector with fresh scars of the Ebola outbreak and rebound the agriculture sector that is considered the surest conduit through which the country’s huge number of unemployed can get jobs to improve their lives.