More Payoffs on Ellen's Travels

Thursday, 7th December 2006
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s foreign travels continue to yield more benefits to the country. The latest reward comes from the government of France which has approved a grant of one-million euros, totaling approximately US$1.3 million dollars.

The exceptional budgetary support would be allocated to priorities to be identified by the Government of Liberia and communicated to the French Government.

The grant stems from a visit to France earlier this year by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and a request to French President Chirac for a resumption of visible French support to Liberia.

Finance Minister, Dr. Antoinette Sayeh, who signed the grant agreement on Tuesday at the French embassy in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on behalf of Liberia, reiterated government’s gratitude to the Government and people of France.  

The grant, Minister Sayeh noted, is a further manifestation of the deepening of ties between the French and Liberian governments since the inauguration of the Johnson Sirleaf Administration.

Details are being worked out between the Foreign Ministries of Liberia and France for the restoration of France’s diplomatic presence near Monrovia in the near future.

The French government recently provided ambulances and fire trucks to the Liberian government to help address some of the needs of health centers.