Finance and Development Planning Minister BoimaKamara says the drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia or UNMIL has posed huge security responsibility on the Government of Liberia.
“Liberia has a huge responsibility as UNMIL draws down,” Minister Kamara concedes. He said security, protection of life and property, human rights and justice, among others are critical responsibilities that government has shoulder in the wake of UNMIL‘s departure.
Addressing reporters on Tuesday, 5 December in Sinkor, Monrovia the Finance Minister also indicated that security, peace and rule of law were the focus of a discussion with the United Nations and other partners ahead of the 2017 elections.
He said the deadly Ebola Virus Disease also affected the growth of Liberia’s economy because many investors fled the country for their lives, especially foreign investors, while some companies shutdown, rendering many citizens jobless.
Minister Kamara added that during that same period, most of the country’s key resources like iron ore, rubber went at a low cost on the global market, saying “The low cost of iron ore and rubber have caused risk to the Liberian economy.”
He said the angle Liberia looks forward to in improving itself is the foundation of sustainable economic transformation, and getting to such path will help the nation to move towards growth.
He stressed that as the democratic transition will be critical next year, it should help to pave the way for economic growth.
However, he appealed to youth of Liberia to refrain from violence during elections, stressing that doing so will help make the process go on smoothly without hindrance.
By Zee Roberts-Editing by Jonathan Browne