The President of France Emmanuel Macron has reassured the government and people of Liberia of his unflinching direct support towards improving their lives and country.
During an hour-long meeting with Liberian leader George Weah, at the Elyseè Palace in Paris on Thursday, July 1, 2021, the French leader Macron also mentioned capacity building and youth development.
He said additional urban projects will be undertaken by the Agency for French Development totaling an initial amount of 23 million euros.
President Macron also informed President Weah that his country will make an immediate donation of some 40, 000 test kits and several respirators.
He said France will increase its quota to the COVAX structure, while ensuring that “Liberia directly benefits and have its population vaccinated”.
The conversation between the two leaders according to a release, covered a wide range of issues, including French support to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) to enhance its ability to perform its service in Mali.
The French government promised more equipment and training for the Liberian Coast Guards. The French Navy will study the option of having its Frigates participate in the fight against piracy in order to ensure that vital maritime commerce is carried out unhindered.
Meanwhile, Liberian leader George Weah has 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 expressed appreciation for President Macron’s “gracious support” towards Liberia’s engagements with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, which he said has greatly contributed to the improved fiscal and monetary policy implementation and efficiency the country now experiences.
The Liberian Leader enumerated the many other support the French government has rendered to Liberia in recent months, including funding for capacity development, sports, the resumption of flight by Air France, the construction of a new building for Alliance Francaise Institute, and the increase in activities by French businesses and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs).
He told his counterpart that Liberia would need millions of additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines to help fight the spread of the virus.