LIBERIA: Second US-Liberia Partnership Dialogue Convenes

The Second US-Liberia Partnership Dialogue Tuesday convened at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.

The dialogue promotes discussions on greater strategic cooperation between both countries and is aimed at deepening their special historical ties, irrespective of the occupants of the White House and the Executive Mansion.

The dialogue further seeks to promote diplomatic and economic cooperation between Liberia and the United States, by engendering a flexible, non-binding mechanism to ensure sustained and high-level engagement on issues of mutual interest.

Speaking at the opening session, Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine Ngafuan, said both countries will look at their relationship strategically by viewing its long-term, sustained and broad-based growth in the areas of agriculture and food security, energy and power infrastructure, and human development.

Minister Ngafuan said though both countries have committed themselves to meeting Liberia’s growing power generation, transmission and distribution needs, as well as building the capacity and transparency of the power and energy sectors, they still require constant and careful review and upgrading.

He said it is his expectation that deliberations within working groups on agriculture and human development will lead to commitments from both sides with clear achievements, which will be jointly monitored in the intervening period.

He thanked the US government for the wide range political, economic and humanitarian assistance the government and people of Liberia have received over the years of their historic relationship.

The U.S. delegation at the dialogue was headed by Ambassador Thomas Shannon, Counselor of the U.S. State Department and included U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac and USAID Mission Director John Mark Winfield, amongst others.

The Liberian delegation comprised Foreign Minister Ngafuan, Liberian Ambassador to the U.S, Jeremiah Sulonteh and Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth, among others.

On January 15, 2013 President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former U.S Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, signed the landmark Statement of Intent establishing the U.S.-Liberia Partnership Dialogue in Washington D.C.

At the first Partnership Dialogue held in Washington D.C on May 7, 2013, both countries committed to continued collaboration to improve Liberia’s policy enabling environment for food security and nutrition, through laudable interventions, including the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.

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