LIBERIA: House Agrees To Meet IMF Managing Director

Members of the House of Representatives Tuesday unanimously agreed to honor a request by the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde to meet them on a date to be decided.

The Representatives reached the decision following the reading of a letter President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf sent to House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, dated June 29, and read in Session on Tuesday, informing them about the visit of Madam Lagarde to Liberia from July 16 to17.

In her letter President Sirleaf told the legislators that Madam Lagarde will use the visit to gain a deeper understanding of Liberia’s post-Ebola challenges, and discuss with key stakeholders opportunities for partnership support to the country.

According to the Liberian leader, the IMF Managing Director has expressed a particular desire to engage the National Legislature, adding, “In view of the above, I ask that you honor Ms. Lagarde’s request by convening a Joint Session of the 53rd Legislature to provide her the opportunity for this engagement.”

The Liberian Chief Executive also indicated that the IMF is a key international financial institution, with Liberia’s membership dating back to the 1960s.

“It is a key partner to Liberia, working through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL). This support is largely achieved through programs that provide Balance of Payment support to CBL”, she emphasized.

President Sirleaf also noted that the IMF provided exceptional support to Liberia during the Ebola crisis.

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