The EITI Award to Liberia was received on behalf of the Country by her Excellency, Madam Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson, President of Liberia who had earlier addressed the Conference. President Johnson thanked the EITI Board for its recognition of the LEITI, adding that the Award represented a challenge for Liberia to deepen its EITI implementation and makes the LEITI truly beneficial for the Liberian people.
As one of about 26 EITI implementing countries, Liberia’s winning of the EITI Implementing Country Award is a strong testament of the rapid progress the LEITI has made in a relatively short period since Liberia became an EITI candidate country in September 2007.
Meanwhile, two other countries received awards during the Doha Conference. Azerbaijan received an award for becoming the first EITI Compliant country while Kazakhstan received a special prize for its efforts in raising awareness about the Country’s EITI program across their huge country.