Pres. Sirleaf Cites Links Between Health, Economy, Peace

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MONROVIA, February 26 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said there is an inherent link between healthcare systems revitalization, economic recovery and peace building, which is stronger now than ever before in Liberia.

She said, therefore, the post-Ebola economic recovery, while continuing to accelerate improvements in infrastructure - roads, electricity and WATSAN operations - will prioritize healthcare delivery revitalization.

“We also intend to heavily invest in the agricultural sector for food security and job creation. In this regard, we are working closely with our USAID partners to address the immediate issue of food scarcity and a longer term program to develop a robust agricultural sector capable of feeding the nation,” the president noted.

She was speaking at an event hosted by Congressman Chris Coons and the U.S. Institute of Peace in Room 216, Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on Thursday as part of her three-day official visit to the U.S.
The Chief Executive said government will tap into Liberian entrepreneurship in accelerating a private sector-led revival of the formal and informal sectors of the economy.

She recalled that government told donor partners that the private sector must become the engine of recovery and “therefore we must together consider the obstacles that have emerged in this post-Ebola economy, including the increased costs of doing business and challenges to travel and trade.”
She commended the Ebola Private Sector Mobilization Group (EPSMG) for its role in Ebola response and encouraged it to maintain its critical place at the table in the Ebola recovery.