A Liberian entrepreneur has observed that most Liberians lack patriotic virtues, so they prefer patronizing foreign businesses than their own. The Chief Executive Officer of Shark’s Entertainment Incorporated Madam Yvonne Bright Harding, specifically accused government officials, who she said prefer buying from foreign business nationals rather than Liberian-owned businesses, lamenting that such practice was impending growth of the Liberian economy.
Addressing the opening session of the 2016 MSME Conference organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry currently ongoing at the Monrovia City Hall, Yvonneindicated that as a result of entrepreneurship, Shark’s Entertainment Incorporated has been in the vanguard of providing jobs for Liberians to enable them improve their livelihood.
She said being a typical Liberian running business in Liberia is a serious challenge, adding that anyone who succeeds in the process, means he or she has worked very hard to reach where they are currently and should be applauded.
The CEO stressed the need for government to protect local entrepreneurs, noting that if Liberia loses one, that means she loses all. “We need to be patriotic, entrepreneurship also needs to be protected by national government”, she emphasized. Madam Harding further called on Government Ministries and Agencies as well as other organizations to recognize the role of local entrepreneurs in the MSME initiative in terms of their positive contribution to help move the country toward growth.
At the conclusion of her speech, she emphasized that evil prevails when good people sit down and do nothing, urging her fellow compatriots to make use of their times.
By Zee Roberts