Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been selected by the Heads of State and Government to serve as Spokesperson for the Mano River Union (MRU) at the March 3 European Union Ebola Conference in Brussels.
The Brussels meeting seeks to mobilize financial and other support for the post-Ebola era in the NUR states.
Political analysts say President Sirleaf’s appointment was a result of the leadership role she played in bring the Ebola virus to near zero in Liberia.
The MRU directed their Ministers to harmonize and consolidate the regional and country-specific documents, including the costs of intervention to be presented at the Brussels meeting on March 3 with the aim of mobilizing the regional support.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the appointment of President Sirleaf was contained in a Declaration of MRU Heads of State on the Eradication of Ebola and Post-Ebola Socio-Economic Recovery at an Extraordinary Summit held in Conakry, Guinea on Sunday.
The meeting was intended to adopt common strategies to end the Ebola virus disease epidemic in the sub-region, and address the post-Ebola socio-economic development recovery needs.
The Summit brought together host President Alpha Condé of Guinea, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, and the Minister of Foreign
Affairs and Representative of President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Charles Koffi Diby.
At the Summit, the MRU Heads of State and Government welcomed planned meetings by bilateral and multilateral partners and urged them to adopt the MRU and country-specific strategies.
They called upon them to go beyond ties and relationships in supporting the affected countries.
The leaders expressed their deep condolences to the families of the victims across the three countries especially those healthcare personnel who were in the forefront of fighting the epidemic.
They also expressed their concerns about the wellbeing of their populations and the risks associated with their development agendas.
They thanked all airline carriers that have maintained flights to the affected countries and particularly commended Member State Cote d’Ivoire for the early resumption of Air Côte d’Ivoire flights and called on other regional carriers to emulate this good example.
In remarks, host President Conde thanked his colleagues for the honor vested on his country to host the Extraordinary Summit as a cornerstone in strengthening the friendship and kinship that united peoples and enable them to stand together.