President George Manneh Weah has departed the country on Saturday, August 24, 2019 for the Asian Republic of Japan.
President Weah, who is expected to be away for about a week, was invited by the Japanese Government to attend the 2019 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). The Conference takes place August 28-30, 2019 in Pacifico, Yokohama.
TICAD is an international conference led by Japan and co-sponsored by the United Nations, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC).
The Liberian Head of State is joining 46 other African leaders also invited to participate in the 7th Edition of the Development Conference which began in 1993 to specifically foster economic cooperation between African countries and Japan, Asia’s 2nd economic powerhouse.
On the margins, President Weah is expected to hold bilateral discussions with Japanese officials and other African leaders at the conference.
While the President is away, the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Office Staff, Hon. Nathaniel Farlo McGill will act as chair of the cabinet in consultation with the Vice President via telephone contacts with the President.