President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and her officials have honored outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Ruth Malac, recounting her numerous efforts and support to the country.
At an investiture ceremony held Tuesday in honor of Ambassador Malac at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia, President Sirleaf said since the US envoy took up duty here in September 2012, she has distinguished herself in the service and has participated all activities of the government.
“You supported our development efforts and been instrumental in our drive to consolidate democracy,” she said. The President said through USAID, Amb. Malac supported government’s effort to fight against poverty, helping Liberia to remove the constraints to growth and sustainable development, response to human needs and food security, among others.
Mrs. Sirleaf said Amb. Malac traveled all over the country, touching all of those with whom she interacted and granted small amounts to communities to enable them empower themselves.
President Sirleaf said Madam Malac promoted good governance, the role of women in society, helped government in many ways to empower Liberian youth who make up the majority of the population and provided leadership in the years of bilateral programs between Liberia and the U.S. to train a professional army and supported the development of the various security entities.
Various government ministries and agencies presented Liberian made materials and gowned Ambassador Malac during the ceremony. In response, Madam Malac expressed gratitude to the Government and people of Liberia, saying it was an honor to serve here as Ambassador of the United States. She said she will continue to think of Liberia as her second home.
The U.S. envoy said she was very sad to leave Liberia, as she reflected on the long history of friendship between Liberia and the U.S. She noted the challenge Liberia and partners have is to ensure that development moves to all parts of the country.
She cited economic challenge as the second challenge that Liberia faces, naming iron ore, rubber, as she pledged the U.S.’ commitment to continue to support Liberia in building her economy.
Touching on security, Madam Malac said since she came, it has made significant strides, and she was proud that the U.S. continues to work with each of the security entities here to strengthen Liberia’s current capacity.
As the 2017 presidential election approaches, the Ambassador said she remains confident that Liberia will show to the world that it will continue to remain on the path of democracy and protecting the peace.
By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Jonathan Browne