President Bush Signs Act for Liberia

Tuesday, 2nd January 2007
Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and George Bush.
Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and George Bush.
Photo Credit: White House
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia has met the eligibility provision for qualification for the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, otherwise known as AGOA. United States President George Bush signed the provision last Friday, paving the way for Liberian goods to be exported to United States markets.

Presidential Press Secretary, Cyrus Wleh Badio, told reporters at his regular weekly press briefing on Tuesday, that the decision is yet another direct offspring of one of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s travels to the United States of America last year.

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which was signed into law six years ago, offers tangible incentives for African Countries to continue their efforts to open their economies and build free markets.

Meanwhile, Presidential Johnson Sirleaf has been receiving and extending holiday greetings to several individuals, prominent among which is the Standard bearer of the Congress for Democratic change, Ambassador George Weah.  During a telephone conversation, Badio informed the press, Mr. Weah extended best wishes to the President and assured her of his commitment to peace and the reconstruction of the country. The President, in response, said she would continue to foster an open line of communication with all stakeholders as the country continues its drive toward a new beginning.

Responding to a reporter’s question regarding reports of a planned meeting between some law makers and the Standard-bearer of the Liberian Action Party, Cllr. Varney Sherman, Badio said, based on information, the LAP leader had extended an invitation to members of the legislature for a holiday party.  “Cllr. Sherman as leader of a Political Party has the right to organize any event and invite whomever he wishes to invite,” Badio maintain, adding “I see nothing wrong with that.”