2 April Press Brief

Monday, 2nd April 2007

Members of the Press:

As you all know by now, the President, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is back in the country following a visit to Canada and a brief stop-over in the United States for a two-day private visit.

We are pleased to inform you that the visit was a success. The government of Canada has agreed to join the United States and other countries to press for the waiver of Liberia’s multi-lateral debt during the upcoming G-8 Conference in Germany in June this year.

As a result of meetings the President held with Canadian government officials and the Canadian Council on Africa, a Canadian Firm – CPCS Transcom, has submitted proposals for privatization of the Liberia Electricity Corporation.

CPCS Transcom is also interested in areas such as Mining and the rehabilitation of the Free Port of Monrovia as well as the Ports of Buchanan, Sinoe and Harper.  The group has expressed its readiness to submit a bid once these sectors are opened to bidding.

A delegation from CPCS Transcom is expected in the country in a few months’ time to follow up on discussions and the proposals they have submitted. The Proposals are being forwarded to the relevant agencies for their review.

CPCS Transcom is an international leader in Infrastruture Development. It is positioned with expertise in both engineering and financial management services.

In addition to the 33-thousand anti-malaria bed-nets presented to the President last week in Canada, a member of the British Parliament, Ms. Stronach, has raised more than 100-thousand dollars toward the “Spread the Net” program. The amount was raised at a fund-raising event, spearheaded by the Canadian MP, to co-coincide with President Johnson Sirleaf’s visit to Canada. The amount would be used to purchase additional anti-malaria bed nets for Liberia.

We wish to clarify reports that the President brought buses to the country as a result of the visit. Canada did not promise any buses.  The Minister of Transport, Mr. Solunteh has been negotiating with the School District of Canada for buses, to ease the transportation problem of our students.  That arrangement has not yet been finalized.

Finally, we wish to make it clear that no one will be allowed to move into cemeteries and use the sites as residence.  The Ministry of Public Works has been instructed to move quickly to stop anyone who may want to use those facilities as residence.

Thanks for your attention.