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The Government of the Republic of Liberia and the European Union met on May 6, 2019 for the Seventh edition of the EU-Liberia Political Dialogue. This meeting was held under Article 8 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific States for the period 2000-2020, which enables the establishment of a platform for regular and comprehensive political dialogue. The 7th EU-Liberia Political Dialogue was co-chaired by Foreign Affairs Minister, H.E. Gbehzohngar Milton Findley and Head of EU Delegation to Liberia, Ambassador Hélène Cavé.
Both parties exchanged views related to a number of themes, including Liberia's Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD); the state of the economy; Human Rights, including Sexual and Gender-Based Violence; an enabling business and investment environment; good governance, accountability and transparency; future EU cooperation programming in line with the PAPD; post-Brexit, Cotonou Accord, Schengen visas, and the Liberia Official passport.
Members of the Liberian delegation included the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr. Samuel D. Tweah Jr.; Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs. Piso Saydee Tarr; Minister of Commerce and Industry, Prof. Wilson Tarpeh; Minister of Labor, Mr. Moses Y. Kollie; Commissioner at Governance Commission, Amb. Wesley Johnson and the Chairman of the National Investment Commission Mr. Molewuleh B. Gray; Liberia Maritime Authority; Managing Director Forestry Development Authority Mr. C. Mike Diryen;
Representing the European Union were the Ambassador of Belgium, Hughes Chantry; Ambassador of France, Terence Wills; Ambassador of Ireland, Catherine Campbell; Ambassador of Sweden, Ingrid Wetterqvist; Ambassador of the United Kingdom, David Belgrove; Chargé d'Affaires a. i. of Germany, Günter Plambeck; and Deputy Head of Mission of Denmark, Peter Eilschow Olesen.
At the end of the dialogue both parties reaffirmed their support to a regular exchange of views and follow-up on the conclusions reached in the course of these regular political dialogues. The parties reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthening their relationship and expressed the desire that the 8th Annual EU-Liberia Political Dialogue would take place in November 2019.