December 9, 2023

World Bank Regional Vice President for Western and Central Africa Hails Weah Gov’t

President George Weah has received praise from Ousmane Diagana, the regional vice president of the World Bank for Western and Central Africa, for his efforts to further the nation’s growth. Despite the numerous obstacles, Ousmane Diagana argues that Liberia is still making progress under the Weah government in important areas including infrastructure, human capital development, and access to essential services, among others.

The World Bank representative made the remark on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, following an inspection of numerous projects in Monrovia that were sponsored by a partnership between the World Bank and Liberia, including the current Coco-Cola-ELWA junction road-building project. Maxwell Kemayan, the foreign minister, Samuel Tweah, the finance and development planning minister, and Kwima Nthara, the country manager for the World Bank in Liberia, among others, all took part in the day-long inspection exercise.

Ousmane Diagana’s commendation comes barely a month after a local civil society organization, NAYMOTE reported that the Liberian leader has for the past five years failed to fulfill over 60- percent of his promises to the Liberian people.

Speaking at the start of the tour Wednesday, presidential press secretary, Solo Kelgbeh told reporters that the exercise is intended to provide an opportunity for the World Bank envoy to view the level of work being done on the bank’s funded projects in the country.

Solo Kelgbeh further stated that the exercise will also give the government the chance to review its obligation towards projects co-funded by the country’s development partners.

President George Weah’s tour comes amidst CSOs reports suggesting that the Liberian leader has for the past five years failed to deliver on over 60 percent of his promises to the people of Liberia.

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Reported by: Moses Kpakolo

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