The Mayor of the city of Paynesville, Cyvette M. Gibson has joined several high level participants at the World Economic Forum Ebola Response Roundtable Discussion in Lagos, Nigeria to discuss PostEbola Economic Recovery Plan.
The purpose of the forum was to improve understanding of the potential for new forms of partnership and to create a practical proposition for a platform of public-private collaboration to help manage the risks and impact of future epidemics.
During the one-day event, participants from the United Nations, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Private Corporationsdiscuss major lessons learned from Ebola and defined high priority areas for investment to prevent and manage future epidemics. The panel also identified short and long-term recommendations for public-private collaboration.
Mayor Gibson was invited by the panel to provide an in-depth presentation on the Liberia Ebola epidemic from the Paynesville prospective. The presentation highlighted local government’s achievements, lesson learned, and current challenges.
Mayor Gibson, who’s putting Paynesville on the map, departed Liberia on May 3, 2015 to attend the World Economic Forum in Nigeria.
Paynesville is a suburb located east of the capital city of Monrovia, Liberia. Paynesville was founded as a township in 1865 and later established as a city on July 4, 1975. Despite being a suburb, it is geographically larger than the city of Monrovia with a population of 400,000 and is currently expanding.
Paynesville is home to the largest commercial area in the country, the Red Light Market District, where all goods sold in the greater Monrovia area are bought and distributed. This market area is the work place and home of over 30,000 people. Also located in Paynesville is the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex, the largest stadium in the country and RLJ Kendeja Resort, a beach resort built on a historical site by African American mogul Robert L. Johnson. Paynesville is home to several major factories, such Coca Cola, AquaLife (water), and RITCO (liquor).
With the longest municipal shoreline and large untouched land spaces in close proximity to the nation’s capital, Paynesville could potentially be the next industrialized city, which can change the national economy by bringing jobs, growing the population, and in turn increase development. With a large residential area and lower land prices, the majority of those employed in downtown Monrovia reside in Paynesville.
Paynesville has several neighborhoods, which are called “communities” by residents. The communities are notable for their unique names. Some communities are named after town chiefs, while others are named based on common terms from local dialects, landmarks, and major boulevards/roads.