|IDI Chairman Moti Ganz, President Johnson-Sirleaf and IDE President Avi Paz|
In a festive ceremony, a memorandum of understanding was signed today, November 20, under the aegis of Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, by Israel Diamond Institute Chairman Moti Ganz and
In addition to President Johnson-Sirleaf, the ceremony was attended by Liberia's Minister of Lands, Mines & Energy Dr. Eugene H. Shannon, Liberia's Defense Minister and other ministers, senior members of Israel's Diplomatic Corps, Chairman of the Israel Export Institute David Arzi, foreign ambassadors, senior representatives of the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor, and leaders of the Israeli Diamond Industry.
Chairman of the Israel Diamond Institute (IDI), Moti Ganz, noted in his speech that the Israeli Diamond Industry attributes great importance to
Ganz spoke of President Johnson-Sirleaf's vision and noted that "the president symbolizes a new spirit in
"The future of
"The memorandum of understanding is only the beginning of cooperation that will undoubtedly enrich both partners," declared Ganz.
In his introduction, the IDI's Managing Director Eli Avidar noted that President Johnson-Sirleaf is the first woman to be elected head of state in
In 2005 she was elected President of Liberia and in November 2007 President George W. Bush awarded Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the
"Johnson-Sirleaf's credentials as a Harvard trained economist have strengthened her stature in the international community and the road has been paved towards the cancellation of
President Johnson-Sirleaf thanked the participants for their activity on behalf of
|IDI Chairman Moti Ganz and Liberian President Johnson-Sileaf shake hands as Minister Eugene Shannon looks on|
The President noted the lifting of the sanctions imposed on
"Revenue from diamonds was exploited mainly for destruction and contention. Therefore,
The President spoke of the good relations that
"We are pleased that the sanctions on our diamond industry have been lifted due to recognition of our efforts. We will use our resources to establish a transparent system for governance of revenue from diamonds and other minerals," she added.
"Our country is on the right path," noted the President. "The challenges are great and our administration is aware of the long road ahead. We believe that with a committed government and with the help of those working alongside us, including the international community,
President Johnson-Sirleaf thanked the hosts of the festive event and expressed the hope that the ties in the area of diamonds between