A closed-door meeting between Liberia’s Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dr. Bhofal Chambers and the United States’ Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary, H.E. Michael A. McCarty has taken place in Monrovia at the US Embassy near Monrovia.
Following the meeting last week, Amb. McCarty expressed gratitude to Speaker Chambers for the convergence along with his accompanying staff members to the Embassy including, Mr. George Watkins, Head of Political Affairs and Communications in the Office of the Speaker.
Divulging pertinent issues discussed during the meeting, Speaker Chambers told members of his entourage that amongst several issues were the United States Government commitment to support and stand with Liberia in its drive to make the Country a better place for all Liberians and foreign residents.
According to Speaker Chambers, Amb. McCarty has noted that the United States remains the highest donor to Liberia, supporting many sectors including, rule of law, justice, elections, security, human right, educations, and health, amongst others.
Amb. McCarty has however praised Liberia and Liberians for the maintenance of peace and having a good business climate, pointing out that Liberia keeps such a record so as to attract more foreign direct investment.
It was disclosed during the meeting that the United States government spends several millions of dollars every year directly and indirectly assisting the Country to mitigate several of its challenges in wide range of areas in promoting and supporting democracy, the rule of law, human capacity development, health, etc.
So far, the United States remains the largest supporter of Liberia’s democracy. The US works with a wide variety of stakeholders in the country, including civil society groups, the independent media, political parties, and many other groups.
A research done by this paper has established that since the end of Liberia’s conflict in 2003, the United States government has provided more than $2.4 billion in supporting Liberia’s post-war stabilization and development.
Apart from the United States spending nearly $600 million in emergency assistance for Liberia’s Ebola response, aid channeled through other U.S. agencies or U.S. funding for U.N. peacekeeping mission that completed its mandate in 2018, the US has spent a totaled of $96.5 million in FY2019.
Other supports were centered on assistance to agriculture-led development and strengthening the health system, public service delivery, civil society capacity, and justice and security sectors. Recently, Liberia completed its charge on the concluded $256.7 million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact which sought to enhance Liberia’s power sector and road infrastructure.
According to Liberia’s Information Ministry, the Country has made some gains despite the main challenges. Liberia has made significant progress, in governance, security, and national unity. The Ministry says significant progress has also been made in building Liberia’s institutions and public capacity, but the challenges are enormous. Strengthening institutions, including the civil service and court system, is a developmental priority of the government.