The Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Liberia, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, said Liberia should be able to feed its people because it is endowed with vast potentials, including fertile soil and a good climate.
She suggested that doing so requires not only increasing food production, but also improving the business climate in the country, which according to her, is vital as the EU engages in multiyear support of the agriculture sector in Liberia.
According to a press release, Ambassador Intelmanngave the urge when she shared thoughts with the Mayor of Bentol City in Montserrado County, Christine T. Norman, on the need to support local communities, and enhance women participation in both the public and private sectors.
During an informal lunch hosted Saturday, 26 September by Mayor Norman as part of the Ambassador’s visit to the municipality, both officials agreed on continuous action to ensure that women remain part of government and in responsible positions in the public and private sectors.
In an interview on the Voice of Rural Montserrado (VRM), a community FM station in Bentol, Ambassador Intelmann underlined that the importance of the decentralization process undertaken by the Government cannot be overemphasized because it creates the opportunity for everyone to benefit from the services it provides to the public. In support of the initiative, she recounted that the EU, through the United Nations Development Program made some donations to the Government, under its Liberia Decentralization Support Program.
While touring the historic City along with the mayor, Ambassador Intelmann visited the local market and held frank discussion with traders, mainly women, about everyday problems traders encounter. She also stressed the importance of the EU’s financial support of major infrastructure projects such as the on going Gbarnga-to-Ganta and Ganta-to-Guinea border thoroughfares which, she said if completed, would benefit the people of Bentol and adjoining villages.