President Ernest Bai Koroma, accompanied by a delegation of 21, left Freetown Sunday on his way to attend a high-level meeting on the Ebola crisis during the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings in Washington DC, United States of America.
The objective of the meeting is to hold fruitful and action-oriented discussion on how to help the Mano River Union (MRU) get to and sustain zero Ebola cases, advance recovery efforts, and build greater resilience.
The event will gather the presidents of Guinea and Liberia, as well as the International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka, and a select number of ministers from partner countries and heads of development partner organizations.
President Koroma is also expected to deliver a call to action at the first Global Citizen 2015 Earth day ceremony. This event, co-sponsored by the World Bank Group, will bring together world leaders, celebrities, high-caliber musicians, artists, and thousands of citizens on the National Mall.
According to the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, their aim is “to raise awareness and inspire action on critical sustainable development challenges” facing the world today.
Cabinet ministers, MPs, senior government officials, and traditional leaders bid farewell to the president at the Lungi International Airport before his departure to the United States.