Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is currently in Tunisia to meet officials at the African Development Bank (AfDB) in order to advocate for continued funding for fragile African states, such as her own.
President Sirleaf met Thursday with AfDB President Donald Kaberuka to discuss Liberia’s aims for more funding by the bank as well as the AfDB’s Mano River Union (MRU) trade corridor program.
According to APA News, Kaberuka, who visited Liberia last September, committed the international donor to financing the full asphalt pavement of the Fish Town-Harper Highway in southeastern Liberia, estimated at nearly $50 million.
The Liberian leader also talked to the bank’s Board of Executive Directors and deputies of the African Development Fund (ADF) and held a meeting with the network of women working at the AfDB.
In her address, President Sirleaf focused on the necessity to support women: “We need to be creative in finding ways to be innovative in development, and we need to have new ideas to be able to bring women to a level of social justice equal to man.”
In her interaction with the bank’s women network, President Johnson was cheerful and spontaneous. She ended her talk with a joke: “A teacher asked his pupil, ‘What do you want to be in life when you grow up?’ ‘Maybe a policeman or a vice president,” responded the kid. ‘You have no ambition. Why not be a president?’ said the teacher. ‘President is a women’s job, Sir!’”