Executive Consultations Continue in Monrovia

Monday, 9th July 2007
President Sirleaf in a meeting with educators at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
President Sirleaf in a meeting with educators at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: Ousman Diallo/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Monday continued Executive Consultations with civil society organizations at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia. The President on Monday held separate discussions with the combined leadership of the National Teachers Association, the Principals Association and the District Educators Association under the banner of the Council of Education Officers in Liberia. The President also met with the leadership of the Liberia Bankersí Association.

During her meeting with the Council, the Liberian leader praised them for the sacrifices they have made over the years toward the growth and development of the country.  The President urged the Council to work with LISGIS to ensure the success of the 2008 National Census.

Accompanied by Education Minister, Dr. Joseph Korto, the leadership of the Council, thanked the President for the support Government continues to render to improve their working conditions. They said salaries and educational supplies needed to enhance their instructional work have been current. The Council, however stressed the need for more facilities to enhance primary education as well as the need for special incentives for teachers in the rural areas. The Council further spoke of the need to decentralize salary check payments from the county to district levels.

During her consultation with the Liberia Bankers Association, the President said she sought to solicit their views on how the banking sector is performing, adding that Ďwe want to know what kind of stimulants are needed beyond what is currently existingí. She further emphasized that Liberia do not need banks which are cash collateral, such as the transfer of remittances.  

For their part, the members of the Bankersí Association spoke of the need to have the banks capitalized. They raised the need for banks to create a presence in rural areas and also called for the strengthening of the countryís legal system. The Association further urged the Government to consider the creation of a deposit insurance scheme, which they suggested could be a long term measure. Also present at the Presidentís meeting with the Bankersí Association were Finance Minister Antoinette Sayeh and Central Bank of Liberia Governor Mills Jones.