All Set for July 26 Independence Celebrations

Monday, 20th July 2009
Members of the Press:

All is now set for the observance of the 162nd Independence anniversary of Liberia hosted by the people of Bong County.

The celebrations kick off in Monrovia on Wednesday, July 22, with an investiture ceremony hosted by the President, H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.  The ceremony will take place at the Cecil Dennis Auditorium beginning at 4:00 p.m. Among those to be honored include a market woman, a youth, a journalist, an educator, and a social worker.

On Monday, July 27, the President will also confer distinctions on Paramount Chief, Flomo Togbah Barworor - this yearís national orator; and the President of the Economic Community of West African States Commission, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas.  The distinction of Knight Grand Commander in the Humane Order of African Redemption will be conferred on the two personalities.

The President will also confer on the visiting President of Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Teodora Oviang Nguema Mbasogo, the distinction of Grand Cordon in the most Order of the Pioneers.
President Mbasogo is the Liberian Presidentís special guest for the July 26 celebrations.  The visit is a return visit by the Equatorial Guinean leader.  As  you may recall, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf paid a state visit to Equatorial Guinea nearly two years ago in an effort to foster bilateral relations between the two countries.  The program takes place on Monday, July 27, at the administrative building in Gbarnga, Bong County.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will make available more detail information of activities marking the 162nd independence anniversary.

Let us also inform you that the President of Namibia, H.E. Hifikepunye Pohamba, will on July 28 arrive in Liberia at the start of a three-day official visit to Liberia at the invitation of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The visit by the Namibian leader, who will be traveling with his wife, is in return to one made by the Liberian leader to Namibia last year.  It is intended to foster the already strong ties of friendship and solidarity between Namibia and Liberia.

Meanwhile, the Former Prime Minister of Israel and Chairman of the Kidima Party, Mr. Ehud Olmert, at the head of a six-member delegation, arrived in the country today for a one day visit. While in the country, the former Israeli Prime Minister will hold discussions with the Liberian President on Liberia's potential for investment.