President Kaberuka Tours Sierra Leone, Liberia
ADB President Donald Kaberuka was back in Tunis on Thursday after official visits to Sierra Leone and Liberia. Traveling in the company of UK Secretary of State for International Development, Hilary Benn, the President (and Mr. Benn) met on Wednesday with Liberian Head of State, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, key government officials and representatives of donor agencies in Liberia to discuss progress on re-engagement in the country and opportunities for harmonized cooperation. They both expressed strong support for the ongoing reconstruction efforts after years of conflict and civil war.
Messrs. Kaberuka and Benn arrived in Monrovia on Tuesday following two days of fruitful discussions on good governance reforms and the anti-corruption drive in post-war Sierra Leone. They held discussions in Freetown with Vice President Solomon Berewa, key government ministers, political party representatives, civil society and donor representatives. Receiving the visitors earlier on behalf of President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, Mr. Barewa expressed his country’s support to the Bank. "There is no doubt that the Bank is dedicated to reducing the high level of poverty in our countries. In this regard, I am happy to note that the Bank is continuously adapting its methods of operation as well as its structure to better respond to this over-arching goal," he said. They were in Freetown to witness the publication of the "Improved Governance and Accountability Pact", a blueprint to be signed by the Government of Sierra Leone, the World Bank, the ADB and DFID that will guide future donor assistance to the war-ravaged country.