President Sirleaf Meets Canadian Council on Africa

Thursday, 29th March 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told members of the Canadian Council on Africa that Liberia offers attractive investment opportunities. The President said Liberia offers opportunities in Mining, power, marine, telecommunications and the transportation sectors, and urged the Canadian business community to take advantage of the opportunities.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the President was speaking on Wednesday, when she met with members of the Canadian Council on Africa, in continuation of a state visit to that country. The Councilís President, Lucien Bradet, praised the Liberian leader for the steps being taken by the government of Liberia to improve good governance and put in place policies that are now guiding Liberia toward sustainable economic development.

The Council has, meanwhile, accepted President Johnson Sirleafís invitation to visit Liberia later this year, to get a first hand account on the investment climate in the country. The Canadian Council on Africa is the equivalent of the American Corporate Council on Africa that fosters open and continuous dialogue on Africaís economic development.

In a related development, the President has met with members of the Liberian Community in Ottawa. The Liberian leader outlined the progress the country is making in its reconstruction efforts, emphasizing the administrationís four development pillars, including security, economic revitalization, rebuilding infrastructure, and good governance. President Johnson Sirleaf spoke of the challenges government faces especially in addressing the high unemployment rate in the country, but noted that government is exerting all efforts to address the situation.