Remarks by Larisa Leshchenko, World Bank Liberia Country Manager at Opening of the World Bank Group Knowledge Fest

March 10, 2017

Larisa Leshchenko, World Bank Liberia Country Manager

Hon. Boimah Kamara, Minister of Finance and Development Planning;

Officials of various Project Implementation Units of the Government of Liberia;

Students and faculty of Higher Institutions of Learning Present;

Members of the Media;

Distinguished Guests;

Ladies and Gentlemen.

Good Afternoon.

It is indeed a great honor for us to be here today with all of you to jointly open this Knowledge Fest in Liberia today. This program is taking place today as we conclude Liberia Results and Portfolio Performance Review, bringing together ministries and agencies of the Liberian Government implementing World Bank Group supported programs.

The Knowledge Fest is an important knowledge sharing event and will showcase results of the Bank’s intervention. This is a perfect opportunity for students of higher institutions of learning and the media to understand how the Bank and partners are working with the Government of Liberia to promote growth and development.

The World Bank is organizing its first-ever Africa Knowledge Fest which officially kick off on February 22, 2017 in Washington, D.C. and is subsequently taking place in World Bank Country Offices around the African continent.

Unleashing transformational change across Africa starts with reliable data and evidence-based knowledge that can inform and empower policy makers and the private sector. Knowledge is at the core of the World Bank strategy in Africa. The Africa Knowledge Fest is an important knowledge sharing and learning event. It is an exploration of “Africa Now,” offering keen insight on the progress and challenges facing the continent in today’s fast-changing global economy.

We want to take this time to extend thanks and appreciation to the World Bank Office of the Chief Economist, Africa Region (AFRCE) and the Africa Region Communications and Partnerships (AFREC) for taking the lead in organizing this Knowledge Fest. We also want to commend all of our project teams in Government and the Bank, including our Global Practices colleagues for making this happen. We shall endeavor to make this event regular and expanding it by bringing onboard other relevant stakeholders.

The Knowledge Fest today is structured into four major clusters incorporating project components. We encourage you all to move around and see the results of the project interventions and ask our project teams to provide clarity if the need arises.


Note: The Knowledge fest was grouped into four main clusters with the sectors outlined within in cluster as seen below. Those sectors provided PowerPoint presentation of their work and how Liberians benefit from the work in the country. The sectors also outlined their respective results achieved in project implementation. World Bank Group knowledge resources were put on display for those attending the Fest to view.

Over 100 students from the University of Liberia, African Methodist Episcopal Zion University, and Bomi Community College from Western Liberia attended and interacted with staff of the various project implementation units. Fact sheets were prepared and distributed to the students. Journalists also attended the Knowledge Fest.

Human Development



Social Protection

Economic Activities



Private Sector



Public Sector Modernization

Public Financial Management




Urban Sanitation

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.