Swedish Government Provide Funding to Liberian Schools

Monday, 10th December 2007
Members of the Press,
Welcome to Executive Mansion Press Briefing, Monday, December 10, 2007.

  • The government of Sweden has responded to a recent request by the President to provide funding to assist Liberian schools in their feeding program.  Sweden is providing US $3-million to support the countryís School Feeding Program.  The program would have ended in December due to the lack of funds.

Sweden is also providing an immediate US$1-million dollars to help the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; US1-million dollars for the countryís Senior Executive Service and US$1.6-million for labor intensive Community programs.

The response by Sweden is a direct response to discussions held between President Sirleaf and Swedish officials during a recent visit to that country by the Liberian President.

  • In her desire to attract more investment opportunities to the country, a South African Investment delegation Ė the Nubian Consortium has met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to acquaint her with progress on their intention to renovate and rehabilitate Hotel Africa and its facilities in Virginia. The meeting was held Monday morning.

Nubian Consortium hopes to invest more that one-hundred million dollars to rehabilitate and renovate Hotel Africa and other related infrastructures, including the Conference Center, in time for a major international Womenís Conference in Monrovia. Liberia is expected to host an International Women Colloquium in 2009.

When concluded the project will witness the biggest new Private sector investment under the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The President lauded the willingness of the South Africans to invest in Liberia.  She said the South African investment in Liberia will send a good signal around the world of the emerging partnership between Liberia and other African countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Libya, among others. The President assured the South African delegation that her government will put in place all measures to ensure the timely implementation of the project.

  • We also want to inform you that the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arcelor-Mittal Steel arrives in Liberia on Wednesday as guest of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The Arcelor Mittal Executive will hold discussions with the President centering on strengthening the partnership between Arcelor Mittal Steel and Liberia.

  • We, once again want to use this opportunity to appeal to our citizens to encourage the process of dialogue over violence. The increased resort to violence by some citizens to settle disputes is troubling and of concern to the President. The President and this government have always encouraged dialogue among its people, as such, there is no justification why individuals would choose to engage in violence over dialogue.

Those who choose violence over dialogue must be held liable for damages they inflict on peaceful citizens. The President will continue to promote the spirit of dialogue as efforts continue to resolve the many teething problems facing the country and its people. What she will not do, is to give in to violence or threats as a means of settling grievances.

Under the same breadth, the President wants to laud the leadership of the Student Union of the University of Liberia for the responsible manner in which they acquainted the President with developments at their institution at a meeting with the President Friday.

It is our hope that others will emulate the good example of the University of Liberia student leadership.

  • Finally, the Office wants to extend its deepest sympathy to the family of journalist James Nehsan of Radio Veritas who died yesterday following a brief illness.  It is our prayer that the family of the late Nehsan and Radio Veritas will gain solace and strength as they endue this painful moment. May his soul rest in perfect peace.