Consultative Meeting With Leaders of Political Parties Held

Tuesday, 21st November 2006
President Johnson Sirleaf and a cross section of political party representatives at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
President Johnson Sirleaf and a cross section of political party representatives at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Photo Credit: Executive Mansion

Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reiterated her call on political parties in the country to fully participate in the Poverty Reduction Strategy proposed by government, ahead of a Donorís Conference to be held in February, next year in United States of America.

The President made the call Tuesday at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia, during a Consultative Meeting with leaders of Political Parties, as part of ongoing discussions between government and National Stake holders.

President Johnson Sirleaf also used the occasion to outline several initiatives being undertaken by government to accelerate development in the country. The President spoke about the four pillars which form the basis of governmentís development agenda, and stressed governmentís determination to achieving its objectives around the Pillars which include Peace and Security; Good Governance, Economic Revitalization and Infrastructure Development. The President also spoke of the many challenges government faces in its efforts to restore basic services and create jobs for its citizens, but assured the politicians that government is committed to its development agenda.

The Liberian leader urged political parties to continue to advance recommendations that would help to move the country forward, and assured them that she would remain receptive to their ideas.

Speaking earlier, the National Patriotic Party Chairman, Mr. Lawrence George, who spoke on behalf of the registered political parties, welcomed the opportunity to hold discussions with the President and assured her that the political parties remain committed to ensuring peace and stability in the country.

The Parties have, among other recommendations, called on government to review the concerns of deactivated military and Para-military personnel to establish or disprove legitimacy on their claims and take appropriate actions to provide urgent redress.

Political parties are also urging government to ensure that all investors be given fair treatment without discrimination, while at the same time, upholding the Laws of the land.

On Good Governance, the parties urged government to provide as much publicity and information in the interest of transparency to avoid public suspicion regarding agreements signed between government and foreign partners.

Tuesdayís Consultative Meeting was attended by leaders of legally registered political parties in the country. President Johnson Sirleaf has already met with other Stakeholders including the National Bar Association of Liberia, the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, the Liberia Council of Churches, the National Muslim Council of Liberia, the Liberia Marketing Association, and the Press Union of Liberia, among others.