Liberia: Business Forum Opens Tomorrow


Source: allAfrica.com
A two-day Monrovia Business Forum under the theme: “Investment Attraction and Job creation for Economic Empowerment in Liberia” for both Ghanaian and Liberia entrepreneurs, starts Tuesday and ends on September 8, 2010.

The Embassy of the Republic of Liberia in Accra and the National Investment Commission (NIC) of the Republic of Liberia in collaboration with Sharp Eye Media Ltd, a Ghanaian multi media company, and EMPRETEC Ghana, Accra, is organizing the Two-Day Business Forum, being held under the auspices of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Liberia.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the Monrovia Forum which takes place at the Monrovia City Hall will address the issue of job creation in Liberia through the collaborative effort of Ghanaian and Liberia Entrepreneurs. It will further help in the creation of employment opportunities for Liberians and also look at capacity building in their various endeavors in Liberia.

The Foreign Ministry statement further states that the Monrovia Forum will focus on encouraging Ghanaian to take advantage of business opportunities in post conflict Liberia and also encourage Liberian entrepreneurs to partner their Ghanaian counterparts and also expand their businesses into Ghana.

As the Accra Forum revealed, the investment opportunities in Liberia are considerable. It positions any venture there direct access to the other Mano River Member Countries (Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cote D’Ivoire), and also the opportunity to produce and export to other parts of the world.

Over 50 Ghanaian Entrepreneurs from Manufacturing Mining, ICT, Road Construction, Real Estate, Health, Education, Waste Management, Fishing Industry, Agriculture, etc, have expressed their interest to be part of the Monrovia Forum.

The Forum will give Ghanaian entrepreneurs the opportunity to experience at first hand the several opportunities that abound in Liberia for their business expansion, partnering Liberian entrepreneurs and also developing a strong basis for bilateral and sub-regional trade that will insure to the benefit of both countries.

The Monrovia Forum will also demonstrate the willingness of the private sector in playing a significant role in the reconstruction effort of the Liberian Government and also help create employment opportunities for Liberians.

The Special Guest of Honor will be joined by some of key Cabinet Ministers who will speak on sector topics ranging from Manufacturing Mining, ICT, Road Construction, Real Estate, Health, Education, Waste Management, Fishing Industry and Agriculture, among other topics.

The release further states that the entire Ghana and Liberia Business Communities, Business people and Associations from other Countries are to contribute in accelerating trade and investment among the peoples of Liberia and Ghana for development.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who has for decades had first hand interaction with Ghana and Ghanaian industries, demonstrated her wish to offer Ghanaian Entrepreneurs the Golden Opportunity to come and join hands with Liberians in the development process by opening the first ever Business Forum on Liberia at the Accra International Conference Centre on Saturday, February 20, 2010 which was organized as part of Her Excellency’s State Visit to Ghana, February 19-20, 2010.

As the Accra Forum revealed, the investment opportunities in Liberia are considerable. It positions any venture there direct access to the other Mano River Member Countries (Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cote D’Ivoire), and also the opportunity to produce and export to other parts of the world. The success of the Accra Forum has encouraged the Liberia Embassy, Accra, to host a follow-up Forum in Monrovia.

Meanwhile, the Liberian Ambassador to Ghana has invited the public to the opening and functioning of the Two-Day Business Forum on Investment Opportunities and Job Creation in Liberia, which will take place on 7th for the official opening of the Forum and the Exhibition of Product and service and on 8th September, 2010, will be the continuation of the Forum, at the Monrovia City Hall, in Liberia at 7:00a.m.-6:00p.m. each day, respectively.

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