President Sirleaf Departs for US and Germany

Wednesday, 9th May 2007

Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf leaves the country today for a visit to the United States of America and Germany.

Whilst in the United States, the President will deliver the keynote address at the commencement program of the Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma on Saturday, May 12, 2007. She is also scheduled to address a fundraising event for the Liberia Educational Trust (LET) along with New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday, May 15, 2007. President Johnson Sirleaf will also participate in the commencement program of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

The Liberian Leader has also been invited to participate in the African Partnership Forum from May 22-23, 2007 in Berlin, Germany. The Forum aims to galvanize high level commitment and action in support of Africa’s developmental efforts and will comprise high level Personal Representatives of African Heads of States who are steering the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and their counterparts of G8 countries. The Forum will be the eighth in its edition. The main theme for the meeting is ‘Investment for Growth and Development in Africa’.

President Johnson Sirleaf is being accompanied by Grand Kru County Superintendent Roseline Sneh, Senator Lahai Lassanah, Representatives Elijah Seah, Haja Siryon and Dusty Wolokollie. The delegation also includes Information Minister Lawrence Bropleh, Mr. Ramses Kumbuyah of the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) and National Security Agency Director Fomba Sirleaf.

Whilst the President is away, Justice Minister Frances Johnson-Morris will steer the affairs of state in consultation with Vice President Joseph Boakai.