The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Ms. Christine Lagarde, is expected to visit Liberia beginning today, September 10-11, to engage with policymakers and other representatives of the Liberian society.
According to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), the IMF boss’ visit here is aimed at seeking greater understanding of Liberia’s post-Ebola recovery following various interventions by the Government of Liberia with support from the IMF and development partners.
Ms. Lagarde at the head of a high power IMF delegation will hold series of discussions with government officials, representatives of women organizations and the private sector, including business and community leaders, a release by the ministry said.
The MFDP release indicated that, the IMF delegation which includes Liberia’s former Finance Minister, Dr. Antoinette Sayehwill meet with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the leadership of the 53rd Liberian Legislature, members of the Cabinet and Diplomatic Corps, as well as other development partners and civil society organizations in the country.
Tomorrow, Friday, Ms. Lagarde will deliver a speech to a cross section of Liberians at the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor. “Liberia has been confronted with an unprecedented public health emergency —the Ebola pandemic.
Through coordinated effort and extraordinary engagement, the people of Liberia, under the leadership of Her Excellency, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, took ownership of the fight against the disease.
The IMF stood by the side of the Liberian people in their endeavor. My visit will not only help to strengthen our partnership with the country, but it will also enable me to see firsthand how the country has steadily put in place plans to control the Ebola epidemic and to support the post-Ebola recovery,” Ms. Lagarde intoned ahead of her visit to Liberia.
Meanwhile, the IMF has provided Liberia up to US$130 Million through various arrangements to brace the nation’s resilience and the well-coordinated leadership provided by the government to fight the Ebola Virus Disease.
These funds constitute the large-scale extraordinary international response to Liberia’s Ebola crisis.-Press Release