Visit of Andris Piebalgs to Lieria before the high-level Panel on the future of the development agenda after 2015
End production: 31/01/2013 First transmission: 31/01/2013
On 31 January 2013, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, met Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia, in Monrovia, Liberia.
This visit took place in the framework of the high-level Panel on the future of the development agenda after 2015 scheduled for 1 February 2013.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Royal Hotel in Monrovia (4 shots)
||Arrival of Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development (2 shots)
||Arrival of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia, and welcomed by Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia
||Cutaway of a photographer
||Andris Piebalgs leaving the Royal Hotel
||Views of Monrovia (2 driving shots)
||Arrival of Andris Piebalgs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
||Handshake between Andris Piebalgs and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
||Round table with Andris Piebalgs and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
||Exterior view of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
||View of Monrovia
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH): Well I think the main point is development cooperation, because Liberia is one of the countries you can clearly see how fast things could change after conflict is over. So that means that peace and security issues like Somalia and Mali. You clearly see the benefits here in Liberia. It is ten years and the country has changed completely and people have changed. Second, it also important to see where you invest money to get the strongest results. And at the beginning we put a lot of money on governance, and that's what we did and the President says it was right. But now she says, well the country has natural resources, has people but there is no infrastructure. And infrastructure requires a lot of investment, and that means she would like us to encourage going to infrastructure, particularly in energy.
||People walking in the street
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH): Europeans are not different from Africans, Americans or Asians, we are also living on the same planet, so it is an over arching framework. But second it is true that in Europe, well we are richer, we have more means and I believe in our interests it is to support the nations that need to invest more to achieve the same well, certainty in life as we do have.
||People at the beach in Monrovia (2 shots)