Two Sisterly Nations in the Mano River Union Finalizes Contractual Agreement to Empower Business Partnership
By Abdul Rahman Suagibu –
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS, Freetown, Sierra Leone- LIBERIA, Group of delegates from the business sector in Ivory Coast, visiting Liberia has shown interest in invest in agriculture, construction, transportation as part of efforts to strengthen the partnership between businesses of two sisterly countries in the Mano River Union.
Ahmed Cisse, Vice President of the Confederation Generale des Enterprises De cote D’Ivoire noted, “Agriculture is the number one. There are lots we can do in agriculture because Liberia has the same soil as cote D’ ivories. We also believe in the construction business. On our side, there are firms that are going to welcome that. And we got some of the people in Cote D’ Ivoire that are interested in the transportation business. I understand that transportation is on of the needs of Liberians. So those are the three areas that we are going to start with.”
The visit to Liberia marks a similar business forum meeting that was held in September 2018 in Abidjan between that government of Liberia and leaders of the Ivoirians business sector.
The chairman of the National Investment Commission Molewuwleh B. Gray in his remark commended the twenty-five (25) men delegation business entrepreneurs for their visit adding that, the business forum marks an exemplary shift in the lives of the two (2) countries.
“This administration is resolved to attract business to Liberia. Potential to create entrepreneurs is encouraging. We have the climate and the land but the only this we need is the technical know-how. To our Ivoirians counterpart, consider Liberia as a new investment area,” Gray noted
“We are not only doing diplomacy, but we are also doing economics diplomacy between our countries,” Liberia Ambassador to Cote D’Ivoire H. E. Willye Mai Tolbert- King said.
Ambassador King was part of the Liberian team in 2018 that was able to connect with Ivorian Chamber of Commerce along with the private sector to partner and foster development in the two sisterly Nations
“ we are looking forward to at least six months, from now to see what will develop from this investment forum that we have had today” Ambassador King noted.
In addendum, the Minister of Ministry of Commerce and Industry Professor Wilson Tarpeh strongly commended counterpart for the business conference, adding that since after the war Liberia’s economy has been supported by foreign aid something he says need to change.
“All of these inflows will help the growing number we have in the country,” Minister Tarpeh said.
Augustine Flomo, Liberia’s Deputy Finance Minister for Economy and Debt Management explains how the Ebola crisis has caused a serious decline in Liberia’s private sector.
Deputy Minister Flomo added: “our production activities have been hindered. Helping your sister country is a step in the right direction. No country works while the private sector is as sleep”
At the end of the Business forum, an MOU was signed between the Liberia Business Association and Ivorian Private sector.
For New Africa Business News Abdul Rahman Suagibu Reports, Africa Correspondent