Liberia’s George Weah First Official Visit To France Yielding Fruitful Results

MYS, MERCY CORPS AND AFD signing ceremoney
MYS, MERCY CORPS & AFD signing ceremoney

Critics lashed at him for visiting France days following his inauguration as Liberia’s President  over the United States  which has a long sweet relations with Liberia, but the President ignored all the political lashes upon his returned to the country.

It seems that his visit was strategic as the France government through one of its sponsored arms operating in Liberia Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Liberian government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports for job and skills placement for Liberians .

The project which is financed by Agence Francaise du Development will focused on the implementation of Sport-Based Life Skill Development, Youth Opportunities Center, National Youth Service Program, Youth on the Job Training and Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Strengthening components of the Employment and Entrepreneurship Program (LEEP).

The Ministry of Youth and Sports and MERCY CORPS signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of the Liberia Employment and Entrepreneurship Project (LEEP) at the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville.

The Director for Public Affairs at the Youth and Sports Ministry,  Oxford Brown,said the  Youth and Sports Minister Hon. D. Zeogar Wilson described this ceremony as historic and it will be etched in the memory of MYS,  MERCY CORPS AND AFD.

Zeogar Wilson further said, Agence Francaise du Development is financing project base on the commitment of France President Emmanuel Macron, when President Weah visited France to ask his counterpart to assist Liberia in its transformation and developmental agenda, especially in youth development and empowerment.

Giving the overview of the project, Mercy CORPS Country Director, Kwasi Gyeabour said the LEED project will target 11, 000 out of school youths.

Mr. Kwasi averred that AFD will also support the National Youth Service program (NYSP) and Youth on Job Training Project (YOJT)

For her part, the Project Officer of AFD, Mathilde Richelet, said she was delighted to be in Liberia because AFD share common vision with MERCY CORPS in developing and building the capacity of young people in Liberia.

Madame Richelet disclosed that her agency is interested in helping the Government of Liberia to transform and build the capacity of the young people and harnessing their skills so that they can be able to venture in the private sector.