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COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE

Year 2014 Selected
En Français
N°: 001/2014
12 January 2014 [Monrovia-Liberia]

ECOWAS PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR LIBERIA’S TRANSFORMATION AGENDA

							
	ECOWAS has pledged its support for Liberia Government’s six year Agenda for 
Transformation (AFT) 2012-2017 and the National Framework Vision 2030 aimed at 
consolidating peace and stability and making Liberia a middle-income country by 
2030.

The Special Representative of the ECOWAS Commission’s President to Liberia, 
Ambassador Tunde Ajisomo, made the pledge during a recent ceremony for the 
presentation of his credentials to Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 
Monrovia.

The envoy affirmed the thrust of ECOWAS’ strategic Vision 2020 aimed at 
deepening regional integration and transforming “our region from an ECOWAS of 
States to an ECOWAS of the People.”

He assured the Liberian leader that ECOWAS would continue to provide necessary 
assistance to the Government and People of Liberia, hence the re-opening of the 
Office of the Special Representative of the President of ECOWAS Commission at 
Ambassadorial level. 

The office, which was opened in 2004 was closed in 2010.

On behalf of the ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador Ajisomo congratulated the 
Liberian people on the country's recent celebration of 10 years of sustained 
peace and stability, facilitated by ECOWAS.

In her response during the December 2013 ceremony, President Johnson-Sirleaf 
expressed her appreciation to the President of ECOWAS Commission His Excellency 
Kadré Desire Ouédraogo for re-opening the ECOWAS Office in Liberia and 
commended the regional organization for resolving conflicts and for its 
leadership role in crisis management in the region. 

Assuring the envoy of the fullest support of the Government of Liberia in the 
discharge of his duties in country, she called on ECOWAS and other 
international partners to adopt an integrated approach in dealing with the 
challenges of human and drug trafficking and other organized cross-border 
crimes, including terrorism, illegal trade in small arms and light weapons.

She also called for the acceleration of regional infrastructural development.

Following the presentation, Ambassador Ajisomo hosted a well-attended reception 
for members of the Diplomatic Corps and friends of ECOWAS to mark the occasion 
and the re- opening of ECOWAS Office in Liberia.

He also paid courtesy calls on the Ministers of Finance, National Planning and 
Information Culture and Tourism as well as the Special Representatives of the 
United Nations, the European Union and the African Union, among others. 
 
During the audiences, the envoy assured them of ECOWAS’ readiness to work 
closely with all relevant stakeholders in Liberia towards advancing ECOWAS 
integration projects in Liberia and in the sub-region.


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