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A man processes rubber in Liberia

Governance

Liberia

For the first time rubber is being processed in Liberia for export, creating jobs and diversifying the economy.  

However, in 2005 Africa's first female Head of State, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was elected into office and today the government is working to secure a more prosperous future for all Liberians.

Effective government will be a major determinant of their success. That’s why we are supporting the government of Liberia through this period of vital transition, working shoulder to shoulder with Liberian public servants - our team provides support which aims to reduce poverty and improve lives.

Progress in Action

For the first time rubber is being processed in Liberia for export, creating jobs and diversifying the economy.  

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I want to thank the members of Mr Blair’s team because they've worked so well with our staff to achieve better results, not only for the presidency but because a well performing presidency enhances the work of all our ministries.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President of Liberia

Now our team is working with government officials to help them to foster inclusive growth through infrastructure development, deliver economic diversification through the introduction of a programmatic, cross-government approach to agriculture value chain development, and improve the education system.

Progress is being made. In 2016 Liberia’s largest hydroelectric power plant started to produce electricity for the first time since it was destroyed during the war, and the paving of major roads and the country’s only international runway is being completed. The private sector led, value chain approach to agriculture is resulting in increased investment in cocoa, oil palm, rubber, fish, cassava and rice - sectors in which the country can compete internationally, to create jobs and support small businesses.

Tony Blair visits J-Palm Liberia

Tony Blair visits J-Palm, founded by a Liberian entrepreneur to turn palm oil waste products into cosmetics. 

In education, the focus is on improving learning outcomes for Liberian children and giving the next generation a head start. This focuses on reforming the teachers’ payroll and improved school management through the Ministries’ Partnership Schools for Liberia programme.

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