Liberia’s Vice President Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor has been inducted into the Africa Leadership Magazine’s Hall of Fame, in a virtual ceremony, held September 17, 2021.
This induction, according to the Africa Leadership magazine, is the highest cadre of membership of the prestigious African Leadership Council.
A press release from the Office of the Vice President said VP Howard-Taylor was inducted on the basis of her prolonged advocacy for quality education across Africa, women empowerment, gender equality, and respect for human rights.
The organizers further indicated that Vice President Howard-Taylor’s inclusion is in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the enthronement of peace, good governance, and democratic principles in Liberia and Africa at large.
As a member of the Hall of Fame, Liberia’s first female Vice President shall enjoy the special privilege to deliberate annually on the progress and future of the African continent, feature on the magazine’s covers, leading Africa’s publications and have access to other key policy or business leaders across the African continent.
Following her induction, VP Howard-Taylor joined former Liberian president Mrs. Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf and several other ex-presidents including Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, former president of Nigeria; Mr. Ernest Bai Kromah, ex-president of Sierra Leone; Mr. Hage Geingob, former president of Namibia; Mr. John Kufour, former president of Ghana; and Mr. Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank; as well as Dr. Mo Ibrahim, founder of the Mo Ibrahim foundation; amongst others.
In response to the elevation of her stature on the African continent, Vice President Howard-Taylor intimated that she is humbled by the magazine’s decision and sees her inclusion as a new opportunity to continue to work as one of Africa’s best female leaders in the current dispensation, vowing to remain a positive role model for others, especially females.
In addressing the pathways to Africa economic growth, Vice President Howard-Taylor called for increased collaboration amongst African states in the areas of trade, industrialization, green energy, and infrastructure development.
She also highlighted the implementation of the African Continent Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as a driving force that can spur economic growth.
Madam Howard-Taylor further argued that if Africa will experience economic growth, the continent should choose a path of promoting peace and stability, respect for the rule of law, good governance, eliminate corruption, strengthen judicial bodies, develop human capital, and muster the political will to take decisions and affirmative actions which support economic development.
The Africa Leadership Magazine is published by African Leadership (UK) Limited, which publishes stories and analyses of people and events in and out of Africa.
It is an international platform that brings together the best minds across the African continent, to promote good governance and economic development.