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Amara Konneh leads delegation to Washington, DC

A small Liberia delegation headed by the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara M. Konneh, will present the country’s case for more financial resources to continue the fight against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, as well as finance Liberia’s Economic Stabilization and Recovery Plan at the upcoming Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which convene in Washington DC from October 10-12, 2014.

According to a finance ministry press statement issued in Monrovia over the weekend, Minister Konneh will be accompanied by Dr. Mounir Siaplay, Deputy Minister for Economic Management; Mr. Bernard Jappah, Public Financial Management Reforms Coordinator; and Sidiki Trawally, Director of Media Services.

Minister Konneh and team will be joined by the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr.  J. Mill Jones and Deputy Governor Boima Kamara, as he tells the Liberian story with the objective of securing needed resources to address the current Ebola crisis, fund the Government’s fiscal deficit (including extra spending pressures in the wake of anticipated budget shortfall as well as funding supports for the post-Ebola recovery efforts) and induce macro-economic stability.

The release further noted that the Finance and development Planning boss will represent President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on an Ebola Roundtable, which will include West African leaders, Finance Ministers, the President of the World Bank and Managing Director of the IMF, multilateral and bilateral partners, as well as other business leaders and philanthropic organizations in Washington.

This high level event is expected to generate more publicity on the Ebola situation in Liberia, while mobilizing funding to mitigate the fiscal gap and continue the financing of pipeline and current projects, as enshrined in the post-Ebola Recovery Plan.

The 2014 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) will bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development and aid effectiveness.

Seminars, regional briefings, press conferences and other events focused on the global economy, international development and the world’s financial system will be held. About 13,000 people are expected to attend this year’s meetings.

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