President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and President-elect Senator George M. Weah co-chaired the first meeting of the Joint Presidential Transition Team today in the Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The team, the first of its kind over 70 years, will organize the smooth transfer of power on January 22, 2018 which will be the third working Monday of month. Vice-President-elect Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor also took part in the meeting.
Welcoming President-elect Weah and his delegation, the President thanked the CDC leader for responding to her invitation. The President said this was something new and therefore will take some serious level of coordination between the two teams, each of which comprised 15 persons.
President-elect Weah thanked President Sirleaf for setting up the mechanism that would allow for a smooth transition process and said that he and his team will fully cooperate to ensure full success.
Issues discussed today included Executive Order 91 which created the transition team, setting up of a transition secretariat and formulation of a work plan for the team. The President’s team provided short briefings on the January 22, 2018 Inauguration, the economy, national security issues among others.
The presidential team as whole will meet at least three times before the January 22, 2018 inauguration. Other subsidiary working groups will meet at various frequencies depending on their tasks.
Composition of the teams:
Government: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Co-Chair, JPTT
Hon. Sylvester Grigsby, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs;
H.E. Marjon Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Chair of Inaugural Committee;
Hon. Boima S. Kamara, Minister of Finance and Development Planning;
Hon. Frederick D. Cherue, Minister of
Hon. Brownie J. Samukai, Minister of Defense;
Hon. Eugene Nagbe, Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs & Tourism
Hon. Milton A. Weeks, Governor, Central Bank
Hon. Mary T. Broh, Director General, GSA;
Hon. Sam Gaye, Director, EPS;
Hon. Dewitt von Ballmoos, Diector General, NASSCORP
Dr. Abdoulaye W. Dukulé, Office of the President;
Hon. Varney A. Sirleaf, Acting Minister, Internal Affairs;
Cllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh, Angie Brooks International Center;
Jordan Solunteh, Director-General of the Cabinet, Secretary of the Transition Team
Coalition for Democratic Change:
President-elect George M. Weah
Honorable Jewel Howard-Taylor, Vice-President-elect
1, Nathanial F. McGill, Chairman, CDC;
- Samuel D. Tweah,
- Professor Wilson Tarpeh,
- Dr. Toga G. McIntosh;
- Gbehzohngar M. Findley;
- Mr. Charles Gibson;
- Mr. Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah;
- Mrs. Audrian Smith-Forbes;
- Hon. Moses Y. Kollie; Vice Chair, CDC
- Mr. Jefferson T. Koijee, Youth chair, CDC;
- Mr. John T. Youboty, Vice chairman, CDC;
- Professor D. Ansu Sonii;
- Hon. Munah E. Pelham-Youngblood, Representative District 9 (CDC);
- Mr. Zanga Kowo, Secretary, CDC Transition Team
- Mrs. Williametta Saydee-Tarr, Deputy Secretary, Transition Team