The newly arrived World Bank Liberia Country Manager during an interactive meeting with Liberian media executives including the President of the Press Union of Liberia, Mr. A.K. Kamara, said she was happy to be in Liberia as a direct representative of the World Bank, and lauded the Liberian media for working with the institution over the years.
Ms. Larisa Leshchenko also noted the important role the media play in the development of any country, including Liberia, and further noted that as a development partner to Liberia the bank believe that it is important for it to always engage with the media in order to ensure that its activities are highlighted to the people of Liberia who are the main beneficiaries of our support to the Government of Liberia.
See full text of Ms. Leshchenko’s comments made today, September 27, 2016 with media executives in the conference room of the Bank in Congo Town:
“Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the media.
I am very happy to be with you media executives here today. This is my first meeting with you since I assumed the role of Country Manager of the World Bank Liberia Country Office. This is indeed important. The media play an important role in the development of any country, including Liberia. As a development partner to Liberia, we believe that it is important for us to always engage with you to ensure that our activities are highlighted to the people of Liberia who are the main beneficiaries of our support to the Government of Liberia.
I like to recognize the presence of the Press Union of Liberia President, K. Abdullai Kamara, and others who are present here today and I commend you for responding to our invitation.
This meeting will pave the way for continuation of our Quarterly Media Dialogue, where we will update the media on our project portfolios in Liberia. The hosting of our Quarterly Dialogue is a fulfillment of the World Bank Access to Information Policy reached in 2010. We consider the media an important partner in our work in results delivery.
As a knowledge institution, we shall endeavor to have our professional colleagues who regularly visit Liberia to engage and strengthen your knowledge and skills in various thematic issues. These issues range from the economy, to the environment, public financial management, environment, health, and a wide range of issues critical for Liberia’s growth and development. Once your skills are strengthened in these areas, we remain confident that you would be adequately equipped to cover these technical areas. We are also going to work with the Liberia Economic Journalists Association (LEJA) for capacity development. I want to use this occasion to appeal to all of you media executives here to nominate colleagues of your organization to work with LEJA leadership to broaden the membership and to ensure that economic issues are adequately covered in Liberia. We will endeavor to have you involved in some of our stakeholders’ engagements. This is very critical for your involvement as we discuss on issues critical for Liberia’s development.
I want to use this occasion to congratulate the newly elected Coordinator of the Female Journalists Association of Liberia, Ms. Siatta Scott-Johnson and the new corps of officers who were elected over the weekend in the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
This week, I will be traveling to Washington DC to participate in the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings. Upon my return, I will be meeting with the media to brief you on the outcome of the Meetings.
Before closing, we want to thank the Liberian media for the close partnership you have had with the World Bank over the years. The support you provided my predecessor, Ms. Inguna Dobraja was great. Our partnership with you the media is important because you have been very active in informing the Liberian people about the work that we do here and how positively our interventions impact on the Liberian people.
Thank you very much.”