A team of Engineers from the U.S. Army are in the country conducting assessment at the Roberts International Airport or RIA in Harbel, Margibi County, United States Ambassador Christine A. Elder told Vice President Joseph Boakai Tuesday July 19.
Speaking during an introductory meeting with the VP Boakai at his Capitol Hill office, Amb. Elder said the work at this stage is purely technical. She further informed VP Boakai that a U.S. congressional delegation is expected in the soon. Details of the delegation’s mission are yet to be disclosed.
Meanwhile, VP Boakai and Amb. Elder discussed a wide range of issues on the social, economic and political fronts in a post UNMIL nation which the Vice President reiterated will be peaceful. Vice President Boakai said there are challenges, describing this period as critical especially with the downturn of the economy as a result of the drop in the prices of export commodities of rubber and iron ore.
Vice President Boakai pointed out that he does not see any reason to believe there will be a resurrection of chaos in the country and underscored that they as leaders will ensure that the nation remains peaceful and warned against blowing situations out of proportion for any reason.
He told the U.S. Diplomat that some of the export commodities should be processed in the country to help create jobs and to also add value to the commodities speaking especially of rubber, the industry that has been in existence for almost a century in Liberia.
Amb. Elder spoke of investment possibilities and pointed out that Liberia will continue to be on their radar to attract any possibility of investment.