From L- R, Minister Boima S. Kamara of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) and H. E Tiina Intelmann, outgoing Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Liberia
In appreciation for her invaluable service rendered Liberia during her three years tenure (2014-2017) at the EU Delegation in Liberia, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Hon. Boima S. Kamara hosted a farewell cocktail reception in honor of Her Excellency, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann on Friday, August 25, 2017 at the Monrovia City Hall Ballroom in Monrovia. The event was characterized by speeches, remarks and gowning of Ambassador Intelmann.
The program was attended by top level officials of the government, staff of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of EU funded programmes in Liberia.
In her welcome remarks, the Deputy National Authorizing Officer, Ms. Martus W. Bangalu said the cocktail reception was Minister Boima S. Kamara’s way of expressing gratitude to the EU and Ambassador Intelmann for all the support the Liberian government received during her tenure. Under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), the European Union is supporting the government of Liberia in areas of Infrastructure, Energy, Budget Support, Climate Change, Agriculture, Education, health, the electoral process, good governance and many more.
Gowning ceremony - From left to right: Deputy Minister for Administration, Hon. Juah Feika,
Deputy NAO, Ms. Martus W. Bangalu at MFDP, H.E Tiina Intelmann, outgoing Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Liberia and Hon. Jerry T. Taylor, Liberia-Country Director TRANSCO- CLSG
For his part, Minister Kamara thanked Ambassador Intelmann on behalf of Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the level of support and cooperation the Liberian government received from the EU under her watch and he looks forward to the bond between the EU and Liberia being maintained through the fostering of Liberia’s development agenda. The Finance Minister lauded Ambassador Intelmann for her courage to be deployed during the heat of the Ebola crisis. He said while other diplomatic houses shut down activities and staffers exited the country, the EU stood by Liberia and supported the government in the fight against the deadly virus that snatched away over 4000 Liberians lives.
Trainees and Trainers in Group Photo 18th August 2017
Ahead of October 10, 2017 general elections in Liberia, the National Elections Commission (NEC) and UNDP have today completed training civil society organisations that will act as key civic and voter education partners over the coming months.
The campaign will increase awareness across the country of voters’ rights and responsibilities. Working together with the NEC, these organisations will work nationwide to coordinate their activities engaging communities in a wide variety of activities to increase participation in, and awareness of, the forthcoming elections. There is a strong emphasis on women in the campaign with a stress on how important it is that women have an equal role to play in public life. Equally, the rights of persons with disabilities will be highlighted in the campaign, to encourage full participation .
Activities will continue over the next months and overall the campaign in cooperation with other initiatives aims to reach 90 percent of Liberian voters using traditional market place gatherings, palava hut meetings, theatre performances and radio.
European Union, Sweden, the United Nations Development Programme, Canada and Ireland support the National Elections Commission and other agencies to strengthen the electoral system in Liberia with a fund of USD16million.