President Sirleaf off to World Economic Forum

Wednesday, 24th January 2007
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Photo Credit: James M. Garresen, II/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf leaves the country today to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum which convenes in Davos, Switzerland.

The three-day meeting which gets underway on Thursday, January 25, will bring together over a hundred Leaders from all walks of life including over twenty Heads of State and other leaders from business, the media, academia, the arts and civil society.  Participants will discuss issues such as Economics, Geopolitics, Business, as well as Technology and Culture, among others.

Other Leaders attending the World Economic Forum include
British Prime Minister Tony Blair; South African President Thabo Mbeki; Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete; Ghanaian President John Kuffour as well as Finance Ministers, Bank governors, Chief Executive Officers of leading International Companies, including Mittal Steel, Coca-Cola; Google; among others. The Leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas and Mexican President Felipe Calderon-Hinojosa will also participate in the Forum

The Liberian leader will on Friday serve as one of several panelists at a Plenary Session which will address targeted aid and debt relief. The session will also discuss the commitment of African governments to new standards of governance and transparency. President Johnson Sirleaf will also speak at a Session on Womenís Empowerment and World Leaders, with emphasis on Shifts in Power.

The Presidentís delegation to the World Economic Forum includes Finance Minister Antoinette Sayeh; Commerce Minister, Olubanke King Akerele; and Assistant Information Minister designate at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs & Tourism, Mr. Gabriel Williams.

During the Presidentís absence from the country, the Cabinet will administer the Affairs of State, under the Chairmanship of Foreign Minister, Ambassador George Wallace, in consultation with the President and Vice President.

The President returns to the country on Saturday, January 27.