GOL, US To Hold Partnership Dialogue

By Janjay F. Campbell

United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac has disclosed that the first partnership dialogue between Liberia and the United States will be attended by some key government officials from both countries.

Speaking at her regular press briefing yesterday at the United States Embassy, Ambassador Malac said the meeting will be a one day event in Washington D. C. on the 7th of May 2013. She also said that there will be key issues concerning the growth of Liberia that will be discussed.

According to her, the issues of energy and agriculture will be top on the agenda and that the forum will enable government officials to talk about issues affecting Liberia. Ambassador Malac mentioned that Liberia has turned her back on violence and moving forward. She stressed that those who are attending the meeting are aware of the issues that will be discussed. She told reporters that the Liberian delegations will be led by Liberia’s’ Foreign Minister.

Meanwhile, the United States government is helping to improve the justice system in the country. She said they are helping the courts to create cases and added that they are monitoring the security situation because the United Nations Mission in Liberia {UNMIL) will leave.

She stated further that they are concerned about the increase in gender-based violence and that Liberians should take this very seriously. Ambassador Malac said gender-based violence cases have escalated instead of declining.

Ambassador Malac who spoke on several issues urged journalists never to forget the role they play in the society. She then stressed that the media should know that they have a responsibility and how important press freedom is because they are the watch dogs of the society.