Signs Of Hope
-International Community Assures Liberia
It is believed that in the international display of politics, there is no permanent friend but permanent interest and from all indications, as the Public Agenda Reports, it appears this belief is about to manifest in the case of Liberia.
When President George Manneh Weah was inaugurated on January 22, 2018, following his landslide victory in 2017, there were disheartening rumors in some quarters that international partners would pull out of Liberia and withdraw all necessary supports to the country; the oppositions effectively used the rumors to play on the minds of many Liberians and some partisans of the ruling CDC fell prey to such political deception.Some members of the oppositions nearly succeeded in their negative campaign against the Weah regime, not in Liberia but outside of the country, particularly when predications made by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf about the country’s economy began to unfold.
Nearly two to three years to the departure of Madam Sirleaf from the presidency, she predicted doom about the future of the country’s economy, adding that there would difficulty times ahead; but opposition politicians and their supporters whether knowingly or unknowingly are squarely casting blame on the new administration under Pres. Weah as if the current state of the Liberian economy was the creation of the Weah regime.
However, despite all the negative propaganda being spilled out against the government and the people of Liberia to create conditions that would frighten investors and international partners from the country, there are signs of hope about the future of the country and its challenging economy.
A source very closed to the World Bank who preferred anonymity has confided in the Public Agenda that it is just a matter of time and Liberians would begin to appreciate the accelerated interventions of the Bank aimed at addressing the current economy challenges the country is enduring.
According to the source, the World Bank and its partners would always stand by Liberian, adding that the Bank is not interested in a particular individual but the interest of the people of Liberia and their government is the primary concern of the bank.
Perhaps as a further confirmation that the ongoing negative propaganda is not resonating in the international community, 13 members of Liberia’s international partners recently announced that they have welcomed Pres. Weah’s June 11, 2019 statement calling on all concerned Liberian stakeholders, including opposition parties, civil society actors, religious leaders and others to a round-table discussion on the country’s economy.
The 13 partners have pledged their commitment to supporting the initiative. “The International Partners in Liberia commit to continue supporting the government and people of Liberia in their efforts to consolidate peace and as stated by the President yesterday, place the ‘country on a path of sustainable development and transformation,” a statement issued by the group in Monrovia said.
UN, AU, EU, ECOWAS, USA, UK, China, France, Germany, Canada, Norway, Sweden and Ireland, in their statement stressed the importance of inclusiveness, national dialogue, unity and continued respect for the rule of law to move the nation’s development goal forward.
In the Joint Statement, they commended all stakeholders for the peaceful manner in which the June 7 protest took place. According to them, it records another of Liberia’s achievements in the consolidation of democracy, peace and stability.
“We commend the Government of Liberia for respecting the right to peaceful assembly and ensuring that security was provided to all citizens. We also wish to commend the Council of Patriots (COP) for organizing the protest in an orderly and peaceful manner.”
They further congratulated the people of Liberia for demonstrating their commitment to peace; adding: “We welcome the high level of cooperation between the Government, including security agencies, and the protest organizers. “We also recognize the role played by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) observers and the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) monitors.”