Monrovia, Liberia- As part of its longstanding friendship with the people of Liberia and the CDC-led government Pro-Poor Agenda, the United States of America through its embassy near Monrovia, has committed US$112 million to Liberia for its 2018 fiscal year.
The amount according to reports, is the United States Government direct support to the Liberian government 5-year development plan known as the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development .
The agreement was signed by the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Elder, and Liberian President, His Excellency, Dr. George Manneh Weah.
According to a joint press release issued by both governments, the United States will through its development agency USAID, help Liberia ‘effectively and transparently’ mange its path to self reliance.
Said the release: “In that connection, USAID intends to use its assistance to Liberia to prioritize effective economic development as the fundamental driver of change in Liberia. “
The press release further said, USAID will also intervene in the areas of health, education, agriculture, and demorcracy and governance.
For its part, the Liberian government committed itself to properly utilize all development assistances as it pursue a path to self reliance.
“As part of that effort, the Liberian government is committed to, among other things, institute policy reforms necessary for broad-based private sector led-growth; more effective and accountable governance; and improved health and education for Liberia,” the release added.
The commitment of this amount to Liberia by the United States Government does not only signify a strong traditional relationship between the two countries, it is also an evidence of trust and confidence seen by the U.S. of the Liberian government’s proper handling of its finances. It is also a boost to the ruling party political standing since many in the opposition during the elections of 2017 claimed that a George Weah presidency would not have been supported by the United States.
Supporters, well-wishers and officials of the CDC-led government immediately took to social media to celebrate the agreement and praise President Weah for making strides toward Liberia’s development.