Vice President Begins Weeklong Visit to San Diego

Wednesday, 19th September 2007
San Diego, California - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai Tuesday began a week-long visit  of San Diego, California following his arrival Monday night, upon the invitation of the Foundation for Women
(FFW) which started a micro credit program for marketers and small-scale business people in Liberia last year.

Vice President Boakai Tuesday attended a meeting of the Rotary Club of La Jolla, where a humanitarian fund-raiser, "Water for Sudan" was launched in support of the war affected people of southern Sudan.

In remarks at the meeting attended by Rotarians from across the United States,  the Liberian Vice President cited the close ties that have subsisted between Liberia and the United States since the West African nation's founding by freed American slaves in 1822.

He lauded the positive role the United States has played in Liberia's growth and development over the years, and in the reform of the security and the restructuring of the post-war country's economy.

Later in the day, Vice President Boakai paid a courtesy call on San Diego City Mayor Jerry Sanders, who presented the Liberian Vice President a key to the City of San Diego.

He used the occasion to laud American tax-payers for the numerous contributions they made in bringing the conflict in Liberia to an end, and their post-war reconstruction effort.

On Tuesday evening, the Vice President attended a reception held in his honor at the St. James Episcopal Church in San Diego.

The Vice President continues his visit Wednesday with series of public events.

He leaves San Diego Sunday for New York to represent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at this year's UN General Assembly.