Boost For Pro-Poor Agenda
-Ireland Ready To Lend Support
The Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to Liberia, Catherine Campbell, has disclosed her country’s readiness to establish stronger bilateral ties with Liberia, adding that her country was preparing a five-year strategic plan to support the Pro-Poor Agenda of the Liberian government.
Amb. Campbell said, the plan will focus on inclusive democratic processes which involve elections, good governance, women empowerment, health, nutrition, and prevention and response to gender and sexually-based violence, in addition to the development of the agriculture sector.The Irish envoy made the comments Friday when she was received in audience by Liberian Vice President, Chief Jewel Howard-Taylor in Monrovia, a dispatch from the Office of the Vice President said.
Amb. Campbell who is also accredited to Sierra Leone, where she is based, told VP Howard-Taylor that, as part this effort, Ireland was setting up a new Embassy in Liberia, a diplomatic process which, she said, began in June, 2018.
Looking back at the role of Ireland in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia, she pointed out that her country contributed about 450 peacekeepers to UNMIL, a force, she said, significantly worked with Liberians to strengthen the peace process.
On behalf of her Country, Amb Campbell, presented a diplomatic note to the Liberian Government, soliciting support for Ireland’s quest for a seat as a non-permanent member on the UN Security Council, a contest that is be held in 2020.
In response, VP Howard-Taylor hailed the Government of Ireland for its continued support to the Government and people of Liberia.
She emphasized the vision of President George Weah, as captured in the Government’s national development agenda which, according to her places emphasis on infrastructural development in areas, such as road networks.
The Vice President disclosed that Government was galvanizing resources along with support from international partners to strengthen intervention in the areas of women and girls’ empowerment, especially victims of gender and sexual based violence.
She also raised concern on the high incidence of rape in the country, and asked the Irish delegation to intervene in working with the Government in identifying root causes as well as helping to cater for victims.
Vice President Howard-Taylor suggested a roundtable discussion with stakeholders, as well as partners, to focus on sexual and gender-based violence as well as mobilize support for victims in Liberia.
In another development, a five-member delegation from the Rotary Club of Sinkor and the West Africa District of Rotary International on Thursday, September 27, met with the Vice President office in Monrovia.
During the meeting, the West Africa District Governor of Rotary International, Akiladi J. Allen, expressed delight at meeting Vice President Howard-Taylor and praised the Government for supporting the work of Rotary International in Liberia.
Mr. Allen said, as an organization that is working to improve human dignity around the world, the Rotary International will continue to work through the Sinkor Rotary Club and the other three Rotary Clubs in the country to enhance services in healthcare, water and sanitation as well as the advancement of education.