(Brussels,Belgium-European Union-May 6, 2015) Liberia's Ambassador to European Union,Isaac W. Nyenabo has presented his Letters of Credence to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk at the President's Salon at the Justus Lipsius Building, Rue de la Loi in Brussels, Belgium on today Wednesday, May 6,2015 at 2:20PM.
Ambassador Nyenabo extended on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia to the European Council President Tusk warm sentiments, heartfelt felicitations and great sense of appreciation for the European Union significant contributions to Liberia over several decades.
Ambassador Nyenabo lauded the EU and its partners for responding to appeal made by President Sirleaf during the recent outbreak of the Hemorrhagic virus Ebola that affected Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and claimed many lives. He said the EU mobilization of financial and material resources, was very important in achieving the gains that Liberia and its neighbours have made over the disease in recent months.
'' As the Liberian Government embarks upon the challenges of Post Ebola recovery programs, the Government and people of Liberia would like to count on the European Union and the European Commission continuous support, especially in the health care delivery service,budgetary support, energy, infrastructure, agriculture and education to the Government to enable it meet the provision of social services to its people'' Ambassador Nyenabo pleaded.
According to a dispatch from the Liberian Embassy near Brussels, Belgium, the Liberia diplomat said although Liberia is not out of the woods yet in defeating the Ebola virus, even with few more days to be declared Ebola free, Liberia has made significant progress, noting that those progress would not have been possible without the intervention and assistance from the European Union.
Ambassador Nyenabo commended the European Union for the recently signed €279 million development package under the European Union National Indicative Program (NIP) for EU 11th European Development Fund (EDF) in Liberia which covers 2014 to 2020, and seeks to address key priority areas that are essential to growth and recovery from the medium and long-term and the recent annnoucement also that the EU has earmarked 310 million dollars support for Liberia in the next six years.
Ambassador Nyenabo said the recently held Government of Liberia and the European Union Political Dialogue Forum, which addresses the critically important areas of Governance, Investment Opportunities for EU companies,Security and Justice has added new impetus and dynamism to the cordial relationship that has existed between the EU and Liberia.He said the dialogue forum provided the platform for a review mechanism that will look deeply into how these major areas can be addressed with support from the European Union, working closely with Liberian authorities.
Ambassador Nyenabo said in an event where the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk plan to visit Africa in the future, he should consider making a stop to Liberia to see the positive development which the Government has collectively embarked on with the international commmunity, during and after the war years.The Government of Liberia resolution towrads the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) and subsequent evolving Government's Agenda for Transformation in which the European Union is a major partner.
The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, welcomed Ambassador Nyenabo and delegation to the EU Building and said the European Union remains committted to supporting Liberia's post ebola recovery and reconstruction programs.
President Tusk said the EU will support development programs, adding Liberia's has turned the tides against Ebola, and needs to now focus on its economic and national development programs. He added that the EU will remain engage with Liberia at all times.
President Tusk promised to visit Liberia in the near future when he is making any visit to Africa. He said such visit would further attract European investments and create the morale
and psychology for the return of foreign investors who were doing business in Liberia and left due the outbreak of the Ebola crisis.
Majority of the European Council assistance to Liberia is financed through the European Development Fund (EDF), the main instrument to finance programs or projects which contribute to the economic, social or cultural development with the countries of Africa, Carribbean and Pacific.
Ambassador Nyenabo was last year appointed and commisioned by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Ambassador to Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg and the European Union. Before that he was Comptroller General, Ministry of Finance, Senator of Grand Gedeh County,President Pro Temp of the Liberia Senate.
Isaac C. Yeah
Minister Counselor for Press and Public Affair