The liquidity crisis is affecting many sectors in Liberia as it tries to overcome its economic difficulties. And the US Embassy is not spared. The US diplomatic mission had to reduce the number of its Peace Corps volunteers in 12 of the country’s 15 counties.
A temporary measure, but one that reflects the precarious situation in which the Liberian economy is located. According to a spokesman for the United States Embassy in Monrovia, it has become increasingly difficult to « reliably obtain » cash from banks in the country, and even those in the capital.
In recent months, the Liberian economy has deteriorated considerably, leading to serious demands in the ranks of the civil service and the population. Grievances exacerbated by a presumed rampant corruption in the high spheres of the state, symbolized in particular by the scandal of the « funds disappeared » from the coffers of the Central Bank.
At the helm of the country since January 2018, President George Weah has promised to end the crisis, but the results are still waiting in the popular class, ravaged by the civil war and the devastating Ebola epidemic between 2014 and 2015.
Downsizing in the US Peace Corps could be a handicap for the Liberian government. The Peace Corps or French Peace Corps is an independent agency of the United States Government that works in developing countries in areas such as education, health, information technology, and health care. agriculture and ecology.
In Liberia, they are credited with promoting education in the most remote areas of the country, particularly after the bloody war that hit the country in the mid-1990s until the dawn of the 2000s.