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Liberia's efforts to combat corruption are working

In regard to the Sept. 25 article, "Persistent corruption threatens Liberian stability": The piece does not present a complete or accurate picture of efforts on the ground to fight the systemic corruption that has plagued Liberia for many years. The Liberian government, under President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has a zero-tolerance policy for corruption. This is not mere rhetoric.

The government has drafted and submitted to the National Legislature a code of conduct that would apply stringent ethics requirements to all branches of government. Several high-ranking government officials have been dismissed and are under investigation or prosecution for misuse of public funds or abuse of public trust; some 50 cases are with the Ministry of Justice.

Our progress has been recognized by the World Bank, which showed that last year, Liberia made the second-highest gains against corruption in the world by adopting 21 new reform measures. Liberia also gained 13 points in the World Bank's "Doing Business" indicators, because the government acknowledges that the private sector must be the engine of our growth and is working hard to reduce barriers to investment. These endorsements are not just show, but are generally accepted as substantive indicators of technical and real progress.

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