Visite of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia, to Andris Piebalgs: round table and statements
Type: Visit to the Commission
End production: 08/11/2012 First transmission: 08/11/2012
On 8 November 2012, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, received Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia. They held a joint press briefing after their meeting.
Andris Piebalgs announced new EU funding worth 42 million euro that will contribute to halving maternal mortality rate to 375 per 100,000 live births from the current level of 770 per 100,000 (one of the highest in the world). These funds will be used for rehabilitating health centres, providing medical equipment, training health staff and many other activities aimed at improving health services in the country. This EU funding is part of the EU's 1 billion euro MDG initiative to foster global progress on the Millennium Development Goals before 2015.
During their meeting Andris Piebalgs and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf also discussed the EU's development work and political dialogue with Liberia as well as regional cooperation in West Africa more widely and progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
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||Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia, walking to the Commissioner's office
||Round table with Andris Piebalgs and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (4 shots)
||SOUNDBITE by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH) saying that they discussed the bilateral agenda and the EU/Liberia cooperation goes very well; announcing EU support worth 42 million euro to save lives of mothers in Liberia; announcing a further 12.4 million euro support for macro-economic stabilization.
SOUNDBITE by Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (in ENGLISH) thanking the European Commission for its support, especially the support for maternal health; on her mandate as co-chair of the High-level Panel established by the UN Secretary General to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015.
||Cutaway of journalists
||Andris Piebalgs and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf leaving the room