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Ex. British PM Vows to Aid Gov’t Pro-Poor Agenda

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has promised to help Liberia in the implementation of the Government of Liberia’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).

According to the Executive Mansion press release issued over the weekend, Mr. Blair made the overture when he met with President George M. Weah on November 22, 2018 in Monrovia.

During the meeting, Mr. Blair hailed President Weah for ensuring the completion of the PAPD and promised to be of help in the implementation of the plan, the release said.

The release quotes Mr. Blair as saying, that by producing the PAPD paper, the government has put itself and its partners in the position to understand the challenges facing Liberia and how they can be solved to benefit the people of Liberia.

The Former British Prime Minister made the promise when he paid a courtesy visit at President Weah’s office in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.

The former British leader, who runs the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBIGC), was in the country to meet with President Weah after government launched its flagship development plan, called the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).

President Weah used the meeting to emphasize government’s political and moral will and commitment to addressing the critical needs of Liberians towards sustaining national peace, stability and harmony.

He said amid high expectations among Liberians and enormous challenges facing government, he was upbeat about better days in the coming years.

President Weah and Mr. Blair discussed ways and opportunities that could be utilized towards funding and completing top development priorities of government.

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change works to make globalization work for the many, helping countries, their people and their governments address some of the most difficult challenges in the world today.

It embeds skilled advisors into different governments in order to support their leaders properly, as well as manage and achieve the changes their people desire when there are limited resources available.

Mr. Blair was accompanied to the meeting with President Weah by his organization’s West Africa Regional Director, Kate Dooley, and the Liberia Country Head NishaMakan.

This is the second time Mr. Blair has held talks with President Weah since he (Weah) assumed office nearly eleven months ago, the release said.