VP Taylor Pays Courtesy Visit To EU Office
Vice President, Chief Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor, was on Friday, March 30, 2018, a special honored guest at the European Union offices in Mamba Point, Monrovia.
Mrs. Helene Cave, Head of Delegation of the European Union, who warmly received the Liberian Vice President, expressed appreciation for the visit.
In her remarks, Ambassador Cave provided Dr. Taylor a detailed update on EU activities and projects ongoing in Liberia.
Stressing the EU’s firm commitment to its involvement in the effort to improve the lives of Liberians, the EU Head of Delegation said her institution fully embraces the Government’s Pro-Poor Agenda, which she opinioned is well intentioned.
Ambassador Cave highlighted the TVET Program funded by the EU, to be implemented in eight of the 15 counties.
She congratulated Liberia on the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Zone Agreement, expressing her hope that the instrument will earn legislative ratification.
She expressed the EU’s concern over the issue of corruption and urged that this matter be confronted squarely, so as to invigorate donor interest in continued and heightened involvement in the country’s development process.
In responding, Chief Dr. Taylor expressed the Liberian Government‘s deep appreciation for the manifold worthy projects that the EU has continued to support in the country.
VP Taylor assured the EU Ambassador that the Pro-poor agenda was thoughtfully crafted with the primary objective to make Liberia work for Liberians, adding that corruption will be tactfully and forcefully confronted to enhance this anti-corruption fight.
The Vice President said she thought “the establishment of special court to prosecute corruption cases will be most helpful in this fight.”
Meanwhile, Vice President Taylor has commended the European Union for its tremendous support to Liberia’s development, especially the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections.
Vice President Taylor said the EU has not only been supportive of the country’s infrastructure and human development programs, but its democratic governance processes.
The VP further said the EU was very instrumental in providing logistical and technical supports to various democratic institutions, including the National Elections Commission, to ensure a peaceful transition in 2017.
The VP recalled that the EU in addition to its support to the electoral process also deployed national and international observers whom she described as professionals who diligently reported on issues surrounding elections.
During the meeting, the EU Ambassador presented some brochures on EU programs in the country.