World Bank Delegation Meets VP Taylor

A visiting delegation of the World Bank has held discussions with Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor in Monrovia on a range of development issues.
The delegation headed by the bank’s Country Director of Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Dr. Henry Kerali, discussed a number of key issues, including identifying new priorities of the Bank’s partnership for the coming 5 to 6 years, which will be reflected in its new Country Partnership Framework.
During the meeting Vice President Taylor raised queries specifically bordering on youth empowerment, job creation and infrastructure development.The government as part of its development agenda has committed to introduce new legislations and policies intended to achieve sustainable economic growth, develop and expand agriculture, she explained.
It also planned to address the very large infrastructure deficit, with particular emphasis on road construction and the provision of affordable and adequate electricity for all the people as captured in President George Weah’s State of the Nation address.
Vice President Taylor further spoke about policy notes from the bank to inform the government about the different projects being implemented across the country over the years.
Earlier, the head of delegation, Dr. Kerali informed the Vice President about the different projects being implemented by the World Bank in Liberia.
He disclosed that the Bank as part of its commitment to Liberia on February 2 signed a US$24.67 million Financing Grant Agreement with the Liberian Government.
He said the grant covers the Fourth Poverty Reduction Support Development Policy Operation, which will provide budgetary support for the new Liberian Government.
Dr. Kerali also spoke about plans by the World Bank to organize a high-level partnership forum with key stakeholders to discuss key priorities in line with government’s development agenda.

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