President Koroma has returned to Freetown after attending the Third Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of States and Government of the Mano River Union in the Guinean Capital The summit discussed the post Ebola Social-Economic Recovery Programme.
According to the Final communiqué, the Heads of State and Government, considered the conclusions and recommendations of the Ministerial Meeting held on the twentieth and twenty first of June in Conakry and adopted the priorities and costs of the sub-regional and Ebola recovery Program.
They also adopted the institutional and financing framework to ensure effective implementation to return the worst affected countries to normalcy.
The leaders noted with satisfaction the remarkable progress not only in the drastic reduction of infections, but also the end of Ebola in Liberia.
The Heads of State and Government committed themselves to achieving zero Ebola infection in Guinea and Sierra Leone. They registered their deep gratitude to the international community for its unwavering support in their fight against the Ebola virus urging them to remain engaged.
They called on key partners in particular, the A D B, World Bank, I M F and the European Union to join the Secretary General during the upcoming pledging conference in New York on the tenth of July this year.
The Head of State and Government approved sub-regional and national priorities for ease of implementation of post Ebola programs. The sub-regional plan is clustered into two levels with one estimated at one-point-seventy-six billion United States dollars focusing on health, water, sanitation and hygiene.
It also focuses on governance, peace and security, agriculture, fisheries and food security, gender, youth and social protection, programme management and monitoring and private sector development.
They reaffirmed their call for the establishment of a single Mano River Union Consolidated Ebola Recovery Trust Fund with allocation and disbursement arrangements to be determined by the Mano River Union in consultation with partners. The Heads of State and Government urged Development Partners to adhere to the principles of the New Deal and the Mutual Accountability Framework, calling on them for the consideration of the debt relief and direct budget support to the affected countries.
Also in the Communique, the Heads of State and Government also called on the World Bank, and the United Nations System to support the establishment of a Special Delivery Unit within the MRU Secretariat.
They appeal to all countries to lift restrictions against Liberia which is now free from the Ebola virus and for all airlines to resume immediately their flight towards the Mano River Union.
The Heads of State and Government commended the United Nations initiative and ongoing resource mobilization efforts for the funding of the MRU post Ebola Recovery.