The government of Liberia has fulfilled its financial obligations to the Pan-African organization. The country is ready to take part in the next online summit of AU heads of state this weekend, ”Liberia’s Foreign Minister Dee-Maxwel Kemayah said in a statement. It was about time because Liberia, five months ago, was demoted to observer status for failing to pay its annual contribution to the African Union.
“Liberia takes its role and responsibilities seriously”
The oldest republic in black Africa, but also one of the poorest countries in the world, Liberia was suspended in September 2020 when it owed, for its annual contribution, the sum of $ 1.6 million. He had therefore lost his right to vote and had become a simple observer member. “Fulfilling its financial obligations is a signal that Liberia takes seriously its role and responsibilities as a member of the international system,” Kemayah said.
Haunted by a civil war that killed some 250,000 people from 1989 to 2003, hit by the Ebola virus from 2014 to 2016, Liberia, which struggles with inflation and the devaluation of its currency, is in a delicate situation. Its president, former world football star George Weah, is struggling to keep the promises of poverty reduction and the fight against corruption that contributed to his accession to the head of Liberia three years ago. As an explanation, he invokes the heaviness of the situation which he inherited.