The Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), representing the Liberian Government, is expected to enter into an agreement with the American Government, through its embassy accredited near Monrovia, and the World Monument Fund for the development and preservation of the Providence Island.
The agreement, according to a release issued by the Information Ministry in Monrovia on Thursday April 29, 2021, will be signed on Friday April 30, 2021.
The ceremony marking the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding among the parties is expected to take place and will be graced by senior government officials, including President George Weah, U.S. Ambassador Michael McCarthy, WMF’s Representative Stephen Battle, and other dignitaries.
The agreement will pave the way for the provision of funding by the American government through the World Monument Fund for the transformation of the historic site into a major destination for international tourism and cultural preservation.
A delegation from the WMF, along with the University of Virginia’s in the U.S., has arrived in the country, and will be on hand to consummate the deal.
The University of Liberia is also expected to be a part of the historic event.
The program will include cultural performances, an official touring of the Island by President Weah, Amb. McCarthy, Mr. Battle and other officials.
The release furthered that a dinner to be hosted by U.S. Ambassador McCarthy at the U.S. Embassy will follow the official program.