France set to support Liberia’s Urban projects with 23 million dollars


French President Emmanuel Macron has assured President George Weah and the people of Liberia that France will continue to support the Liberian government efforts in improving the lives of its people.

Speaking Thursday during a special bilateral meeting with President Weah at the Elyseè Palace in Paris, President Macron said his country’s support to Liberia will be tangible so that it is felt by the citizens directly.

The French leader said in addition to his country’s efforts in human capacity building and youth development, urban projects estimated at 23 million euros will be undertaken by the Agency for French Development.

As part of efforts in addressing the current health crisis in Liberia  president  Macron informed the Liberian leader that the French government will donate 40, 000 testing kits and respirators that will be used in the fight against the deadly corona virus in the country.

He said France will increase its quota to the COVAX structure, while ensuring that Liberia directly benefits and have its population vaccinated.

For his part, President George Weah expressed profound gratitude to the government and people of France for the country’s continued support to Liberia’s development drive, especially in the areas of capacity building, infrastructure development and sports.

President Weah also thanked the French President for his gracious support towards Liberia’s engagements with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

He at the time called for the continuation of the Franco-Liberia relationship, including the strengthening of collaboration between the French Military and the Armed Forces of Liberia on the Malian peacekeeping mission.

According to the Liberian Leader, President Macron’s engagements with the IMF and the World Bank have greatly contributed to the improved fiscal and monetary policy implementation and efficiency in Liberia.

He said President Macron’s Administration continues to work in close collaboration with international financial institutions, which sometimes require the formulation of difficult policies, such as the Salary Harmonization Policy,

Something he said was necessary in taking corrective measures and structural adjustments for the good of the Liberian economy.

President Weah also thanked President Macron and the Government and People of France for generously providing a number of ventilators and several thousands of testing kits to Liberia to help combat Covid-19.