Rwanda, Liberian Govíts Officials Hold Major Interactive Forum

Rwanda, Liberian Govíts Officials Hold Major Interactive Forum
Rwanda, Liberian Govíts Officials Hold Major Interactive Forum
Photo Credit: IT/Public Affairs Bureau- MFA

An interactive forum aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and sharing experiences between officials of the Liberian Government and the visiting high power Rwandan Government delegation commenced on Tuesday, September 2nd   at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.

The interactive forum between the two sisterly countries is a follow-up to earlier visit paid by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to the Republic of Rwanda in 2007 where the Liberian leader was accorded a red carpet welcome, following which she addressed a globe women conference attended by high profile women in world politics and leadership.

The forum focused on several topics including Security, Local Government Structure and Governance Reform, Decentralization of Power, Independent Revenue Authority, Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), and Public Finance Management.

During the opening session, members of the Rwandan delegation presented papers high- lightening achievements of the Government of Rwanda in the areas of Security, Local Government Structure and Governance Reform, Decentralization of Power as well as Public Finance Management and Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS).

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Liberiaís Ambassador-designate Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Honourable Conmany B. Wesseh, said the Rwandan Government delegation is in the country to hold interactive activities and share experiences with their Liberian counterparts.
 
Mr. Wesseh, who currently serves as Deputy Foreign Minister for International Cooperation and Economic Integration, recounted the ugly past of the sisterly Republic of Rwanda, noting that the Rwandan people are rebuilding from the ashes of the genocide, and were becoming a Pride of Africa.

According to Minister Wesseh, President Johnson-Sirleaf is encouraged by the friendly ties subsisting between the two sisterly countries and also added the people of Liberia are committed to change. 

Also speaking at the colorful ceremony, the head of the visiting Rwandan Government delegation, Honourable Rugira Amandin, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, lauded the Liberian Government for the warmest reception accorded them since their arrival in the country and explained that the purpose of their visit is to share experiences and learn from their Liberian counterparts.

According to Mr. Amandin, Liberia and Rwanda share similar experiences, noting, the people of the two sisterly countries have put behind their ugly past. He said the Rwandan people are determined, strong and committed to bringing change to their country.

He told the interactive forum that the people of Rwanda have seen the determination of their country leadership and President, Paul Kagame. According to him, the Rwandan Government and people are determined to bring about change by putting into place proper policies and unique programs. 

Meanwhile, the opening session of the forum was attended by key government officials including Hon. Peter Zazay, Ministry of National Security; Hon. Edward Darcozar, Ministry of Finance; Hon. George Wisney,  Ministry of Internal Affairs; Hon. Dionysius D. Sebwe, Deputy Minister for Operation, Ministry of National Defense; Hon. Conmany   B. Wesseh, Deputy Minster of Foreign Affairs for International Cooperation and Economic Integration and  Hon. Johnson N. Gwaikolo, Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Also in attendance were Cllr. Krubo B. Kollie, Deputy Minister for Legal affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Hon. Francis B. S. Johnson, Inspector General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Hon B. Elias Shoniyin, Assistant Minister for International Cooperation and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and  Hon. Josephus M. Gray, Assistant Minister of  Public Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Members of the Rwandan delegation include Mr. Rugira Amandin, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; Rwangombwa John, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning; Dr. Zac Nsenga, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence; Mr. Ben Kagaormam, Deputy Commissioner General of Rwanda Revenue Authority; Mr. Zabamwita Joseph,  Director General of National Security Service; Hon. Gatele Cyprien, ACP in the National Police; Hon. Kangwage King Justice, Mayor of Rwanda District, and Hon. Manzi Laurence, Personal Assistant of the Minister of Local Government.

Following the formal opening ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, members of the delegation were taken on a tour of selected government ministries and agencies for separate working sessions and meetings where they shared experiences with their Liberian counterparts.

The selected government ministries and agencies include the Ministries of Finance, Planning and Economics Affairs, Defense, Justice, National Security, Internal Affairs, National Security Agency and Governance Commission.

The Rwandan delegation, which will be in the country until Saturday, September 6, will paid a one day visit to Gbanrga, Bong County tomorrow,  Thursday, September 5th  to hold meeting with officials of that county.