Foreign Minister Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah Sr., Foreign Minister Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah Sr., presented Liberia’s agenda with near top priority, the Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) in favor of the Poor (PAPD) to the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA). urgent assistance to Liberia, namely: health, education, youth and women’s empowerment, among others.
Minister Kemayah recalled the important step taken so far in bilateral cooperation since the start of diplomatic relations with Turkey in 1992.
In his brilliant, lingering and improvised style of presentation to his international counterparts at a one-day meeting held on Friday, December 17, 2021, Minister Kemayah urged TIKA to see the need for comprehensive interventions in the sectors of health and agriculture of Liberia which are among the priorities. of the PAPD.
In the area of health, as part of a short-term plan, he recommended the availability of mobile clinics in the fifteen counties of Liberia, while as part of a long-term plan, the construction of modern hospitals with health facilities meeting all international standards.
In addition, he asked for support for a campaign he called “Two masks for one person including mini disinfectants in packet form to combat the pandemic, but also quickly appealed for Turkish cooperation.” Development.
assist in the construction of centers for the subsequent production of the two main protective materials.
In addition, Ambassador Kemayah stressed the need for the Turkish Development Agency to strengthen the capacity of Liberian health workers in specialized areas for a win-win situation and cooperation for the two countries.
In education, he highlighted the importance of increasing Turkish scholarships in Liberia with the aim of better preparing the willing, potential and capable young population of Liberia, including young women and girls, for the tasks future to come.
In addition, he highlighted the key imperative for the establishment of technical vocational institutions in Liberia to help prepare Liberia’s future leaders for the job market, including the competitive global environment.
The Liberian diplomat also recounted, acknowledged and praised the Turkish government for its continued assistance to Liberia in the areas of health, education and transport, but was quick to call for more aid in the interest of government with a special focus on transforming the lives of the people of Liberia.
In order to roll out the respective programs and projects, Minister Kemayah disclosed and offered two modules as well as channels including platforms for implementations to include the Investment Council of Turkey, Liberia and a forum to examine the terms of the exchange of investment opportunities between the two. countries and in the interests of economic growth for the people.
Minister Kemayah also proposed the establishment of the joint technical economic commission between the two countries with the relevant actors of the two countries in order to explore ways and opportunities for the common good of citizens.
At the meeting, Minister Kemayah was accompanied by Liberia’s Minister of Health, Dr Wilhelmina Jallah, who added her voice to that of Minister Kemayah in calling for specific health areas to support gene sequencing and human care. primary health, among others.
She also highlighted nationally critical health care, cancer patients and other tertiary health care issues as areas of Liberia’s health sector that require intervention, perhaps, in the context of a public-private partnership (PPP)
In response, the head of TIKA at the meeting Baskani Serkan Kayalar, assured the Liberian delegation of the full support of his organization.
He also informed the Liberian delegation that TIKA will work with the government to establish centers in Liberia to produce masks in support of the fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
He pledged that TIKA is ready to partner with Liberia in its national development initiatives.
In order to maximize this opportunity and as a practical and results-oriented figure like Liberia’s Foreign Minister Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah Sr., he promptly appointed Deputy Minister of European Affairs at Liberia’s Foreign Ministry Edwin Juah to lead the initial efforts in working with his counterparts and other members of the technical team from both countries to get the process started.
In the meantime, the meeting considered enriching by the Liberian delegation should start to bear fruit gradually in 2022 with the establishment of technical meetings, consultations and discussions as well as site visits of relevant stakeholders by individuals and stakeholders. technicians from both countries.