In Jakarta Liberian Vice President Wants Expanded Indonesian Assistance for Youth Empowerment

April 21, 2015 (Jakarta, Indonesia) Liberian Vice President, the Honorable Joseph N. Boakai, is calling for greater cooperation between Indonesia and Liberia with particular emphasis on youth empowerment and job creation.  He said there is a need to create new skill sets for Liberian youth, many of whom, the Vice President observed, were unemployed.
 
Vice President Boakai was speaking in Jakarta, when he was received by the Indonesian Vice President, Mr. Mohammad Jusuf Kalla.  He called for the opening of vocational schools that will target high school dropouts, teaching them to be good craftsmen, and give them other professional skills to make the young people more marketable.
 
Hon Boakai told the Indonesian Vice President that Liberia was tired being only a “raw material country” and wanted more investment in value addition and downstream operations.  He said the Liberian people remain uncompromising in their fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, and are determined to rid the country of the disease.
 
Vice President Boakai commended Indonesia for its investment in the Agricultural sector, but called on Jakarta to go beyond GLV and diversify its investment portfolio, thereby advancing South-South cooperation.
 
Speaking earlier, Mr. Kalla welcomed Vice President Boakai, and commended the Liberian government and people for effectively fighting the Ebola Virus Disease.  He called on the Liberian government to do more so as to actualize the bilateral agreements that were signed between Indonesia and Liberia.
 
He spoke of the long-standing ties subsisting between the two countries and proposed an investment forum to highlight opportunities in Liberia.
 
Vice President Boakai is in Indonesia representing the government at the Asia-African Summit, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the new Africa-Asia Strategic partnership.  Liberia’s Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E. Yongor Telewoda, along with other Foreign Ministry Officials and VP Office Aides, is accompanying VP Boakai to Indonesia.

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