The political leader of the opposition Alternative National Congress Mr. Alexander Cummings has branded the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led – government as “incompetent and unprepared” to lead the country to higher economic growth.
Appearing on local broadcaster OK FM Thursday, 22 November in Monrovia, Mr. Cummings claimed that due to the incompetence of the CDC government, no investor has built confidence in the regime to come and invest in Liberia since the inception of President George Manneh Weah’s administration this year.
Mr. Cummings rates the result and performance of the current government as “poor and discouraging,” saying it creates the scene of worry in the minds of meaningful Liberians.The opposition leader thinks that the government should double its efforts in elevating the living conditions of the Liberian people who stood in long queues to cast their respective ballots.
Cummings names the reported missing billions of Liberian Dollars as one of the factors that are stalling investment from foreign investors. He adds that serious minded investors look for strong reputation and strong policies that can protect them.
He suggests these qualities and the fight against corruption are minimum requirements that can attract any foreign investor to come here.The 2017 ANC flag bearer recommends that the reported ‘missing billions’ should be handled and concluded professionally with no stone left unturned.
Mr. Cummings adds that the failure of the government to clear its name and image from the scandal that has captured ‘global attention’, it won’t offer well for the already struggling economy.
He warns that the contradictory statements coming from senior government officials during the outset of the ‘missing billon’ give the international community another ugly picture of the newly elected government.
He laments that with the situation unfolding in close to 11 months of the Weah administration is scaring and worrisome for a country that had 14 years of bitter civil crisis and months of Ebola Virus Disease combat.According to him, Liberia is lacked behind in terms of progress after 10 years of total stability and peaceful environment.
The businessman turned – politician recommends to the government to reopen the Liberia Agriculture Bank and the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) so that business people can easily access loans with less interest rate.
He further stresses that the LMPC will help to market the locally produced products to the region and the world if possible.He concludes that the government cannot grow in the absence of national engagement in agriculture, noting that agriculture should be the bare rock of the economic development the government is seeking.
By E.J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Edited by Winston W. Parley