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"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.

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.



Presidents Weah, Erdogan Hold Fruitful Meeting

Antalya, Turkey - The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Saturday, March 12, 2022 on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum. Dr. Weah is in Antalya, Turkey attending the Antalya Diplomacy Forum of Global Leaders. 


At their meeting held at the luxurious Montgomerie Maxx Royal Belek Golf Resort, both Presidents Weah and Erdogan discussed wide-ranging issues of multilateral and bilateral interests to both Liberia and Turkey covering areas of global peace and security, the consolidation of diplomatic ties, economic and security cooperation as well as education and business links between both countries. 


Welcoming President Weah to Turkey, President Erdogan expressed delight at the visit of his counterpart to Turkey after their two informal meetings earlier this year in Lome, Togo, and Dakar Senegal. He stressed the need for the improvement in diplomatic relations between Liberia and Turkey through the establishment of embassies in both Capitals. 


“Liberia is very strategic and important and Turkey is keen to deepen our relations with your country in many areas that will be of mutual benefits”, President Erdogan asserted. 


“We want to increase our investments and interests in Liberia through the establishment of a joint commission that will explore areas of mutual security, business, trade, and education”, the Turkish leader added. 


President Erdogan also mentioned the ongoing military conflict between Ukraine and Russia saying this has rekindled global concerns for a new world order, especially at the level of the United Nations Security Council. He urged President Weah to join the campaign for the change in the present structure of the UN Security Council saying the present model does not equitably represent the current new world order. 


For his part, the Liberian Leader thanked President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the warm hospitality accorded him and his delegation while extolling the bond of friendship that has developed between him and his Turkish Counterpart since their first meeting earlier this year. 


President Weah welcomed the need for the establishment of formal diplomatic missions between Monrovia and Ankara which he said will lead to greater areas of cooperation between both countries. 


He said the current trend of Turkish Business investments in Liberia was encouraging and called for an enhancement in economic ties between both countries. 


The Liberian Leader requested Turkey’s Assistance in the areas of Security, Infrastructure- to include roads, housing, electricity, and education with an emphasis on technical and vocational education and training for the many unskilled youths of Liberia. 


On International Security with a focus on the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia, President Weah reiterated Liberia’s position calling for a diplomatic settlement. 


“We have gone through a period of war as a country and know the importance of peace. We remain on the side of peaceful dialogue through collective diplomatic efforts”, the Liberian Leader averred. 


Meanwhile, President George Weah joined over 135 Leaders from across the world to participate in the 2nd Edition of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF) in Turkey under the theme “Recoding Diplomacy” being held at the NEST Congress and Exhibition Center in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya. 


The ADF is a high-level gathering of professionals who deal with diplomacies such as political leaders, diplomats, opinion-makers, or academics. It presents an excellent platform for regional and global actors from the spheres of diplomacy, policy, and business to exchange ideas and address international challenges.