On Eve of Chancellor Merkel's Visit to Liberia, President Sirleaf Extols German-Liberian Relations

Thursday, 4th October 2007
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the German Ambassador Ilse Lindemann-Macha at the German Embassy in Monrovia.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the German Ambassador Ilse Lindemann-Macha at the German Embassy in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: Ousman Diallo/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says it is her governmentís desire to put Liberia firmly on the development course to sound economic policies. The President said government was determined to revitalize the traditional sectors of growth, including iron ore, rubber, forestry and mining, thereby creating the environment for private sector activity and job creation.

The President, according to an Executive Mansion release, spoke on Wednesday at the German Embassy when she addressed an official program marking the celebration of German National Day. President Johnson Sirleaf said she was delighted to participate in celebrations marking the observance of German Unity. She recalled the traditional bond of friendship between the two countries which, she noted, dates back over a century.

The Liberian leader observed that prior to the civil war, relations between both countries were characterized by cordiality and mutual friendship. The President said the Federal Republic of Germany also assisted Liberia in the areas of health, education, road construction and maintenance as well as rural development.  The operations in Liberia of the Bong Mines Company, the President emphasized, was a testimony of the strong economic bond between Germany and Liberia.

For her part, Madam Ilse Lindemann-Macha, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Liberia, said 2007 will continue to be an important year for German-Liberian bilateral relations. She recalled President Johnson Sirleafís visit to Germany in May this year, during which the Liberian leader held fruitful talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other government officials. The German envoy expressed the conviction that Chancellor Merkelís visit to Liberia on October 7, 2007, will be a successful one. The  visit, the German ambassador said, will enhance economic cooperation and the long standing relations between both countries.

The official celebration marking October 3, the day of German National Unity, also brought together members of the diplomatic corps, cabinet ministers, officials of the United Nations system, and civil society groups.