The City Government of Monrovia says it anticipates that Foreign Missions in Liberia will use their influences with municipalities within their respective countries, investors and companies toconnect Monrovia in order to help foster trade, imports, exports, manufacturing, assembling and production, among other smart economic exchanges.
Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee says Monrovia has enormous business and investment potentials and it stands ready to collaborate with investors to explore these possibilities that are yet untapped.
The Monrovia City Government honors more than 25 Diplomatic Missions and Corporate Institutions here fortheir unceasingrole in helping to secure, maintain and sustain peace and economic development.
Some of the Foreign Missions honored includeEmbassies of the United States, Great Britain, Sweden, South Africa, Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and China, amongst others.
Lonestar Cell MTN, Orange Liberia, Guaranty Trust Bank, and rice importers, were amongst corporate institutions awarded.
The African Union, ECOWAS and United Nations were also awarded for their many contributions to Liberia’s peace, economic growth and development.
They were awarded Monday for their support tothe government and people of Liberia in achieving the Government of Liberia’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development through donor funding, budget supports and varied kinds of robust private-public sector investments.
Mayor Koijeesays the recognition is to fostera stronger relationship with the Foreign Missions in Liberia.
“This is to also recognize your respective nations and by extension their contributions to Liberia’s growth”,assertsKoijee.
He believes cementing a strong relationship is “certainly a hope to the facilitation of sisterly city relationship” with municipalities which these diplomats represent.
He notes that the MCC acknowledges the tireless contribution of the honorees and other friendly nations accredited near Monrovia who are working to strengthen the fragile peace and steady economic development as well as the immense support to the nation’s Pro-poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity.
Mayor Koijee: “The City Government is cognizant that peace is a necessary precondition for sustained economic growth and prosperity for Liberia. We are committed to utilizing the platform provided by the City Government to preach peace, mutual respect and enhanced dialogue within our jurisdiction and across the fifteen political sub-division of Liberia, by extension”.
He says thegala event, which is first of its kind.is a constructive step to building confidence of foreign and local investors. Foreign investors have played and continue to play key roles in the economic development of Liberia.
According to him, it is a fact that presently, multinational companies of USA, China, UK, Germany , France and Lebanon, amongst others are doing great business in Liberia and providing strong support to the social development sector with a view to improve human and social development indicators.
Mayor Koijee further notes that the positive role of foreign diplomats in Liberia have made all possible efforts to convince the multinational companies of their respective countries to invest in Liberia.
The honorees laud the Monrovia City Government for being farsighted in recognizing their efforts in getting Liberia on the right path and call for a collaborative effort in sustaining the peace.
They pledge to uninterruptedly support the government’s Pro-poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity by attracting potential investors and helping to maintain and sustain the country’s peace.By Lewis S. Teh– Editing by Jonathan Browne