UN High Panel Chairman Mbeki visits Liberia

The Chairman of the High Level Panel on Illicit Flows of the United Nations Commission for Africa and former South African President Thabo Mbeki begins a four-day visit to Liberia to hold discussions with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and members of the Panel beginning Sunday, April 28, 2013.

Chairman Mbeki will on Monday, April 29, 2013 meet with Panel Members at the Royal Grand Hotel at 9 Am before meeting President Sirleaf later at 10:35 AM at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill.

The Chairman will hold a round-table discussion on High Level Panel Financial Flow with President Sirleaf and members of the Economic Management Team that includes Finance Minister Amara Konneh, Justice Minister Christiana Tah, Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth, Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Axel Addy, Central Bank Governor Mills Jones, National Investment Chairman Natty B. Davis and the Minister of State without Portfolio Amb. Conmany Wesseh.

A Foreign Ministry release says a press stake-out with President Sirleaf and Chairman Mbeki follows at 3 PM in the Foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the same day.

On Tuesday, April 30, 2013, the Chairman will meet with civil society organizations at the Grand Royal Hotel and later in the day meet the joint leadership of the National Legislature at the Capitol Building.

According to the release, Chairman Mbeki will also have a luncheon with the Heads of State of the Mano River Union (MRU) Summit and before later meeting with the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, the Liberia Business Association and the Liberia Bankers Association at the Royal Grand Hotel.

He then wraps up his visit on Wednesday, May 2, 2013 with a final session with the Economic Management Team.

The High-Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa was established following a resolution of the 4th Joint Annual Meetings of the ECA/AU Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Africa with the aim of undertaking extensive and in-depth studies that will shed light on the extent and ramifications of illicit financial flows on national economies as well as on the human impacts of the phenomenon.

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