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Committed to Promoting Democracy & Open Society

(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Tuesday, March 11, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the Government of Liberia remains committed to promoting democracy and an open society

and is urging civil society and non-governmental organizations to partner with government in promoting development that benefits all Liberians, including civil society.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the remarks when officials of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia (NCSCL), Governance Commission (GC), and the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) paid her a courtesy call at her Foreign Ministry office on Tuesday, March 11. The meeting was organized by the INCHR in collaboration with the GC.

President Sirleaf emphasized the importance of monitoring and tracking the activities of civil society and non-governmental organizations and their work so as to have a clearer understanding and appreciation of the roles and contributions of the non-governmental and civil society organizations to the Liberian society.

She thanked the INCHR and the GC for organizing the meeting and civil society organizations for responding positively to the call.

Earlier, representatives of the NCSCL briefed President Sirleaf about the evolution and activities of the Council and outlined several thematic areas of work. 

They also informed the Liberian leader about an ongoing process that involves the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs, the GC, and the Council aimed at jointly developing standard operating procedures and guidelines to govern civil society organizations in Liberia.

The representatives of civil society and non-governmental organizations thanked the INCHR and the GC for the level of partnership and collaboration thus far on many thematic areas of governance and service delivery.

 They also declared their willingness to cooperate with the GC and the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs to conclude the guidelines and operating procedures. The civil society organizations also pledged to commit themselves to improved partnership with government and to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to maintain the peace, promote development and deliver quality services to the Liberian people.

 They praised the Liberian leader for her involvement in a dialogue with the sector and other stakeholders and assured her of their continuous cooperation with government in addressing the many challenges faced by the country.

The organizers of the meeting, INCHR and the GC, assured President Sirleaf that the current joint effort will seek to improve and enhance the partnership and collaboration that is required of government and civil society to promote the development of the country and improve the lives of the people.

 They stressed that governance is about partnership which must at all times involve the government, civil society and the private sector because when this is done, peace, unity, reconciliation, good governance and national development can be enhanced.