The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) has announced that there is no winner for the 2019 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. The decision was taken after some deliberation by the prize committee.
Speaking about the development, the Prize Committee Chair, Festus Mogae, said, ‘[T]he Ibrahim Prize recognises truly exceptional leadership in Africa, celebrating role models for the continent. It is awarded to individuals who have, through the outstanding governance of their country, brought peace, stability and prosperity to their people. Based on these rigorous criteria, the Prize Committee could not award the prize in 2019’.
The Chairman of the foundation, Mo Ibrahim, also said, ‘Africa is facing some of the toughest challenges in the world, ranging from those connected to population growth, and economic development to environmental impact. We need leaders who can govern democratically and translate these challenges into opportunities. With two-thirds of our citizens now living in better-governed countries than ten years ago, we are making progress. I am optimistic that we will have the opportunity to award this prize to a worthy candidate soon’.
The prize is given to an outstanding leader in Africa who has developed their country, strengthened democracy, advanced sustainable development in their country among other notable achievements.
Source: The New Dawn Liberia
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