President Ellen Johnson Sirlreaf has said that the Ebola outbreak exacerbated Liberia’s economic growth decline and its transformation, which were already being affected by decline in the country’s main exports of rubber and iron ore.
She said the experience of Liberia and its neighbors with the Ebola virus highlighted the fact that while all countries are at risk of such outbreaks, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are particularly vulnerable to public health emergencies, with severe impacts on the lives, livelihoods and economies of these countries.
She noted that Liberia’s experience suggests the fundamental importance of infrastructure and essential skills development as well as training to strengthen the capacities of LDCs to respond to public health challenges and emergencies, and to mitigate shocks to health systems.
Liberia currently serves as a member of the Global Coordination Bureau of the Least Developed Countries within the United Nations.
According to a dispatch from New York, the Liberian President made the observation when she delivered the keynote address at the High Level Segment of the Annual Ministerial Review of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday, July 9.
She spoke on “Implementing a Post-2015 Development Agenda That Works for the Least Developed Countries.”