6 October Press Brief

Monday, 6th October 2008
Monrovia, Liberia - Members of the Press:
We wish to welcome you to this regular Monday briefing session by the Office of the Press Secretary to the President.
  •   During her recent visit to the United States, the President concluded a number of initiatives aimed at improving the welfare of target groups within our society and facilitating the development initiatives of Government. We want to use this opportunity to bring you up-to-date with the initiatives.
One of such is a new partnership for adolescent girls in Liberia. The new private-public partnership involves the World Bank, Liberia and the Nike Foundation in collaboration with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

Weíre pleased to inform you that the World Bank will formally launch the Adolescent Girls' Initiative this week in Washington, D.C., the United States, during the Bankís annual meeting.  The Initiative, also supported by Denmark, is intended to provide increased economic opportunities to adolescent girls.  The girls will be trained in specific areas that will equip them with the requisite skills for job opportunities in the areas for which training is being provided.

The President is excited about the economic prospects the initiative will provide for our adolescent girls and views it as another step to empower the female population of this country, thereby contributing to our Poverty Reduction Strategy.
  • We are also pleased to inform you that the President has convened a meeting of Foundations and other non-governmental organizations operating in Liberia.  Participants of the meeting, which attracted an impressive array of Foundations, discussed programs being undertaken in Liberia by Foundations. More importantly, representatives of  Foundations discussed ways in which they can harmonize and integrate their operations as a means of scaling up their activities for more impact.
  • Many of the philanthropists present at the meeting represent successful businesses.  Participants of the meeting examined successful business management, and how those experiences can be applied within the context of scaling up the operations of Foundations in Liberia for the effective implementation of programs in line with the countryís Poverty Reduction Strategy, Lift Liberia. More than 30 Foundation heads and representatives of Foundations and other partners participated in the recent meeting, attended by Former United States President Bill Clinton of the Clinton Foundation (CGI); Billionaire George Soros of the Open Society Institute; Billionaire  Robert L. Johnson of the RLJ Companies & Liberia Enterprise Development Fund; the Scott Family Foundation; the McCall MacBain Foundation, represented by its CEO John MacBain; Arcelor Mittal Foundation; the Belinda Stronach Foundation, and the Carter Center, among others.
  •  Members of the Press: You may have heard of the recent announcement of USD$100 thousand donation by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the headquarters project of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL). A meeting is being scheduled with the leadership of the Union soon for a formal presentation of the amount. It is the Presidentís hope that the Union will use the amount for the intended purpose.