Thursday, June 26, 2008

Germany announced more support for Liberia's development.....

The German government pledged substantial funding to Liberian infrastructure projects Thursday at the start of a two- day visit by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to Berlin.
In the presence of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul opened the international Liberia 2008 Poverty Reduction Forum this morning and announced that that German development cooperation support for Liberia this year would amount to a total of 15 million euros. 10 million of this will be provided to the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund, which focuses on infrastructure development.
In her opening statement, the Minister said: "Liberia's people have suffered terribly. They deserve the support of the entire international community. So we are pleased to be able to host this conference." She noted that in so-called "post-conflict countries" in particular, the international community needed to be involved on a long-term basis, thus contributing to peace.
Moreover, Germany will cancel Liberian debt amounting to 268 million euros. Liberia is one of the most heavily indebted developing countries worldwide. Since March 2008, the country has been participating in the international Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) debt relief initiative.

German Chancellor Merkel and Liberia President Johnson-Sirleaf inspect the honour guard.

German Chancellor Merkel talks to Liberia President Johnson-Sirleaf during the welcome ceremony .

Members of President Johnson-Sirleaf delegation at the welcome ceremony in Berlin .

The Liberia Poverty Reduction Forum is being held in Berlin on 26 and 27 June 2008. At the conference, Liberia will present its Poverty Reduction Strategy. The Liberian government, donors and international institutions will discuss future goals and challenges in the area of poverty reduction and harmonize their efforts.

Monday, June 23, 2008

A Night of Partying........

I Tend to avoid going to Liberian Parties, not because i don't like to go, but because of the bad reputation that Liberians have made for themselves in the Minneapolis area.
Liberian gatherings, usually always ends in fights and mayhem, which is so shameful.

Some of these rebels who for some reasons where fortunate to come to the states, have brought their jungle mentality with them. And like the old parable back home says, when the monkey hands black its black there is nothing you can do about it.

With My boy Rannie In Minneapolis.

Today however i did go out to a couple of parties with my friends, and i must say i was very impressed, the parties were fun and peaceful. for the first time in a long time i was really having fun among my own people. could it be that our people are getting their acts together?