President George Manneh Weah and Opposition Politician, Madam MacDella Cooper President George Manneh Weah and Opposition Politician, Madam MacDella Cooper

‘Allow Political Will Stand Stronger Than Personal Desire’ - Opposition Political Parties Admonish Weah Featured

The defeated independent candidate in the recent Montserrado County Senatorial by-election, Madam MacDella Cooper, who represented the opposition political parties at the just ended three-day National Economic Dialogue (NED), has asserted that all of the political parties are with the president in the fight to move the country forward, but stressed that the political parties are admonishing the president to ‘allow his political will stand stronger than his personal desire’.

The three-day economic forum was held at the Ministerial Complex in Congo Town, outside Monrovia.

Cooper explained that every Liberian from all levels of life is looking forward to the president to make the country better, stating: "Every Liberian is counting on you now. We need better arrangements for quality education, jobs, and also for our economy to work for us and we know you can do it."
 
The Liberian politician, however, called on the president to facilitate the inclusion of more women in his administration, since he is the "Feminist-in-Chief" of the nation.
 
According to Cooper, the opposition political parties are counting on the president for the implementation of the proposal from the economic dialogue, adding:" We are counting on you that this dialogue will not only be a talk but there will be actions immediately taken after today."
 
"We are counting on you for some immediate actions, mid-term actions and long-term actions right after this dialogue is over," she emphasized.


She earlier stated that that they stand with the President in the realization and implementation of the Consensus Document that was derived at the economic dialogue.
 
"We are all here to support you in doing what you can for our nation. We do not stand against you and I don't believe any Liberian stands against you. But all we want is to see this nation move forward," she noted.

At the same time, the development partners, which include the European Union, USAID, UNDP, and ECOWAS, among others, have made commitments  to aid the Government of Liberia in the implementation of the  Consensus Document that formulated at the three-day National Economic Dialogue (NED). 
 
"You can count on the support of the partners in the implementation of the Consensus Document Mr. President. We are here to see you succeed. We want Liberia to succeed," the Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, Ingrid Wetterqvist, noted.
 
Speaking at the close of the economic forum,  the Swedish envoy indicated that although she is the Ambassador of Sweden to Liberia, but her commitment represents all of the development partners of Liberia. 
 
"We are proud to be linked with an exercise like this; it has been a good process," said diplomat Wetterqvist.
 
She called on the Government to take into consideration works that have been done by previous generations in another exercise, stressing that "There is no lack of knowledge about Liberia. What I think is the lack of consideration of what you want to do with the knowledge."
 
The Swedish top official emphasized that the Consensus Document is interesting, and added that it looks like the entire political agenda of Liberia, which include all of the things Liberia needs to deal with in order to move forward.
 
However, the ambassador of Sweden noted the importance of women in the growth and development of a country, citing that if the entire population of the country is used for the branding of the Consensus Document, it will be achieved speedily and will foster peace and development in the future.
 
She extolled the President George Weah for initiating the dialogue and also participants of the dialogue, stressing that the participants care for their country.
 
The Government of Liberia with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), USAID, EU, and ECOWAS, among others, convened a three-day National Economic Dialogue (NED) at the Ministerial Complex in Monrovia in early September to brainstorm on challenges and solutions to the state of the economy.
 
The discussion, which focused on Public Finance Mobilization and Management, as well as Investment Promotion and Private Sector Growth, Youth Unemployment and Skills Development and Peace and Reconciliation for Sustained Economic Growth, was intended to solicit broad-based suggestions and recommendations to resuscitate and recalibrate the ailing economy.

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