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As Liberia Mourns Dr. Sawyer's Death, President Weah Names Liberia College at UL In His Honor

Monrovia, Liberia - The College of Social Sciences and Humanities or Liberia College at the University of Liberia will now be called the Prof. Amos Claudius Sawyer College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

 

Naming the College in honor of the late Dr. Sawyer is part of the Liberian Leader's way of memorializing the legacy of the fallen statesman who once served as Dean of the College and credited for Liberia's democratization.

 

The President's honor of Dr Sawyer was done through a Special Citation issued Saturday, April 2, 2022 by the H. E. Dr George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic and Visitor of the University of Liberia.


According to the Citation read by the Dean of the Cabinet, Foreign Minister D. Maxwell-Saah Kemayah at Dr. Sawyer's state funeral at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion, President Weah took the decision in consultation with and the acquiesce of the Board of Trustees of the University of Liberia.


President Weah said he was honoring Dr. Sawyer for his selfless services rendered the University as Professor of Political Science and former Dean of the College for years.


 

The citation recounted Dr. Sawyer's immense contribution to the intellectual development of the Liberian youth, molding the minds of many other young Liberians at the University and elsewhere.

 

President Weah also took note of Dr. Sawyer's profound contribution to the socio-economic development of the Republic and restructuring of the governance process.

 

The Liberian Chief Executive along with current and former officials as well as other state actors of the West African Subregion, formed part of the Funeral Service of Dr. Sawyer.

 

Dr. Sawyer passed away at age 77 on February 16, 2022 in the State of Maryland, United States of America, following a period of illness.

 

President Weah Woos UAE Investors, Business Tycoons to Tap In Liberia's Virgin Sectors

Monrovia, Liberia - Dubai, UAE - The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, has spoken so passionately about the friendly ties subsisting between Liberia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as his personal brotherly friendship with the leaders of UAE.

 
 
Liberia is amongst 192 countries presently being showcased at EXPO 2020 DUBAI, an annual event which had to be delayed due to COVID-19 that's still ravaging global economies and supply chains.
 
 
In a special statement on March 25, 2022, President Weah nicknamed the Dubai Conference "Liberia National Day" and outlined Liberia's investment potentials and openness for business.
 
 
He said, "Liberia seeks to expand its potential in many areas, including the mining sector that it has been traditionally known for across the world.  However, the emerging fields of tourism, agriculture and fisheries are ones that have yet to be exploited."
 
 
President Weah encouraged UAE investors and business leaders to come to Liberia and tap into "these traditional and virgin sectors"  which he said will in turn help fill Liberia's huge infrastructure deficit and foster economic development.
 
 
"I invite you to join us in developing a prosperous business climate in Liberia," he said.
 
 
He noted that Liberia, for the first time in the history of World Expo, was being represented by having its own Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020.
 
 
"I am very pleased and proud to note that this is the first time in the history of World Expos that Liberia is truly represented by having its own Pavilion," President Weah stated.
 
 
 He also thanked the organizers for the “One Nation, One Pavilion” policy of Expo 2020 Dubai, which he believes  gave Liberia the opportunity to share with the world its business and investment opportunities; to showcase our rich culture and history as the first Independent African Republic; and to deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership that we enjoy with the UAE.
 
 
The Liberian Leader said the theme of Liberia’s Pavilion is “LIBERIA IS OPEN AND READY FOR BUSINESS” embraces the idea that trade and investments are essential ingredients for sustainable national economic growth and development.  
 
 
President Weah also used the occasion to extol the government and people of the UAE for the many projects they continue to undertake in Liberia, as a result of the close cooperation forged since he assumed office in 2018. He said that has led to the UAE support for programs in the areas of health, infrastructure development, sports, capacity building and agriculture.
 
 
He recounted how the UAE is currently financing the construction of a modern hospital complex in Western Liberia, as well as a state of the arts sports and recreational park, the Unity Sports Park, being built in central Monrovia.
 
 
"I am happy to announce also that the government of the UAE has been gracious enough to lend its hand to aiding with asphalt pavement of a road project leading to and through Liberia's northern Lofa County, by providing additional funding support," the President said.
 
 
The President said he was honored to attend the Liberia National Day Celebration at Expo 2020 Dubai at the invitation of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.
 
 
President Weah particularly thanked the leadership of the UAE and Organizers of Expo 2020 Dubai for the gracious hospitality provided to me and my delegation since our arrival in your beautiful city, and the excellent arrangements that you have made for our comfort and safety.
 
 
"As you aware, Expo 2020 Dubai has brought together 192 countries, with visitors from all around the world, under the central theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”. 
 
 
He further said: "With three additional sub-themes of “Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability”, it has convened the global community here in Dubai, and is inspiring people around the world to work together in new ways to create a sustainable future.
 
 
According to him, Expo 2020 Dubai, the first mega-event of its kind in the Middle-Eastern region,
has also provided unique global platform for presenting new and innovative solutions that have the potential to transform the lives of people of all races and backgrounds, in spite of the ongoing global economic and health challenges which face our world today.
 
 
He said: "UAE is home to me. My experiences in this country inspired me to get involved with leadership in Liberia. To bring about change and to improve the lives of my people. I therefore seek to maintain that relationship with my brothers - particularly the ruler of Dubai and Crown Prince of Abu-Dhabi His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan."
 
 
He informed the event of the launch of the year-long celebration of Liberia's Bicentennial Anniversary - marking 200 years since.


 

 

"Dr. Sawyer Was a Man of Peace," President Weah Says of Late Dr. Sawyer as He Signs Book of Condolence

Monrovia, Liberia -The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, led an array of Government Officials to sign the Book of Condolence for fallen statesmen and academic, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer.


Dr. Sawyer was Interim President of the Interim Government of National Unity, the first power-sharing government organized to end the Liberian civil war.


Before performing the rather mournful act at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Ashmun Street, President Weah comforted members of the bereaved family, including Mrs. Comfort Sawyer, wife of the deceased.


In a brief chat with reporters, following the signing, President Weah described the late Dr. Sawyer as a man of peace who devoted his life to the good of the nation.


"He was a man of peace, father of the nation. We will miss him so dearly. It's our prayers that his soul will find rest," the Liberian Leader said.


The President said he and Dr. Sawyer had a personal relationship, stressing "he was not a friend but my father."


"We are his children, all of us who are peaceful children of Liberia," President Weah stressed.


Along with the Liberian Leader at the signing of the Book of Condolence was a horde of members of the Cabinet led by Foreign Minister, D. Maxwell-Saah Kemayah, Dean of the Cabinet.

President Weah Underscores Importance of Good Governance To Sustainable Development

President Weah Underscores Importance of Good Governance To Sustainable Development
Farmington Hotel, Margibi County - The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, says good governance is sine qua non to sustainable national development.
Addressing the Second ECOWAS/Association of Accountancy Bodies in West Africa (ABWA) Joint Congress Thursday, March 17, 2022, at the Farmington Hotel, President Weah said the organizers were not wrong to choose the theme "Good Governance and Sustainable Development for Regional Prosperity" as the Subregion is searching for lasting solutions to the many problems of underdevelopment that are common to all the member States of ECOWAS.
He added that the theme corresponds with the core of the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union's 2063 aspirations for Africa.
He reminded the conferees that it was high time leaders of the Subregion satisfied present needs of citizens without compromising the ability of future generations to eventually satisfy theirs in order to achieve and maintain sustainable development.
President Weah said It is equally important that Member States ensure sustainable development in the sub-region, insisting that the continent itself must be based on the choices they make, and the processes by which these choices are made.
"This will not only ensure that there is broad consensus and acceptance of the governance processes that are used in our decision-making, but will also enable us to achieve stable and long-term economic growth, proportionate balanced economic, social development, and beneficial employment policies," the President noted
He continued: "We will also be able to see a reduction of regional differences, growth of personal income and consumption, preservation of the environment for future generations, and efficient usage and allocation of natural resources as enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."
President Weah hailed the importance of the accountancy profession in countries of the ECOWAS Subregion, saying that Accountancy professionals, whether in the private or public sector, provide accounting expertise to guide financial planning and to maintain fiscal discipline.
He said accountants lead or assist their institutions with the development and implementation of their corporate strategy and advisory services, instituting "measures to reduce costs by being efficient in their services, and mitigate and hedge against various types of risks, while maintaining high ethical standards."
He stressed that accounting forms the core of public trust, confidence and value, and provides the basis for transparency and probity in governance systems.
The Joint Congress, according to the Liberian Leader, is dedicated to showcasing the potential and strength of the accountancy profession in Liberia, the West African sub-region, and beyond.
He stressed that the Congress is intended to enhance the economic growth of both the private and public sectors of our regional block through the development of professional networks of competence and high standards.
"I believe that conferences and congresses such as this one provide a basis for knowledge-sharing amongst professional networks and can serve to advance the prospects of standardization and uplift the quality of the practice of accountancy within our sub-region," he stated.
The President who said he was honored by the invitation extended him to serve as keynote speaker at the Conference welcomed the Conferees to Monrovia, and wished them a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
He expressed delight that Liberia has been chosen as the venue for the important and historic regional event, the 2nd Joint Congress of the Economic Community of West African States Commission (ECOWAS) and the Association of Accountancy Bodies in West Africa (ABWA).
He commended the ECOWAS Commission and ABWA for this joint initiative.
The President also commended the leadership of the Liberian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA) for its diligence and steadfastness in working with other regional professionals to host this historic Joint Congress in Liberia for the first time.