“I complimented the authorities on the country’s heroism and resilience in fighting the Ebola pandemic. The Ebola outbreak brought the economy to a halt in 2014-15 and had a disproportionately large impact on the poorest households. The victory over Ebola allows the country to restore growth and focus on implementing its ambitious economic transformation agenda. My discussions throughout my visit confirmed that Liberians are well aware of the challenges and can unite, as they did in defeating Ebola, to take the steps necessary to revitalize the economy.
“During the Ebola crisis, we worked closely with President Johnson Sirleaf and her government in confronting the outbreak, providing $130 million of financing and debt relief. The IMF will remain fully engaged in Liberia’s ongoing recovery efforts to ensure that the country returns to strong and inclusive growth—a reflection of our close partnership since Liberia joined the Fund in 1963.
Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF).