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Address by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: Liberia's Progress, Potential, and Challenges for the Future

Monday, March 20, 2006 - 2:00pm to 3:45pm

For a summary and to watch the video, see Liberia's President Sirleaf Thanks Donors, Appeals for Quicker Support

Download President Johnson Sirleaf's speech (pdf, 53KB)
Download the full text transcript (pdf, 84KB)

The President of the Republic of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Dr. Antoinette Sayeh
- Liberian Minister of Finance
Richard Tolbert - Chairman, Liberian National Investment Commission

A conversation moderated by Steve Radelet - Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Twenty-five years of misrule and civil war have left Liberia in ruins, but President Sirleaf’s election has brought hope and renewal. The first woman elected head of state in Africa, President Sirleaf discussed her government’s initial actions during its first two months in office, its priorities for the next year and beyond, the enormous challenges it faces, and the role that the U.S. and other partners can play to help Liberia achieve success.