President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed satisfaction that Liberia played host to the 8th West African Monetary Zone Trade Ministers’ Forum in Monrovia.
She said even though Liberia did not meet the Protocols for hosting such international meetings, Trade Ministers convening in the country means that it is making progress.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the remarks recently at the close of a three-day 8th West African Monetary Zone Trade Ministers’ Forum.
The Liberian leader commended heads of the West African Monetary Institute for recommending that Liberia will be given the opportunity to host more meetings of this nature.
“I want to say a very big thank you to the Head of the West African Monetary Institute from the Gambia, delegates from the West African Sub-Region Zone for coming to Liberia for three days of deliberations that concluded on Friday,” she said.
She applauded Liberia’s Commerce and Industry Minister, Axel M. Addy, for hosting the meeting successfully, to the point where delegates from neighboring countries heaped praises on him for hosting the forum.
The Liberian leader assured delegates that following careful review of their final report, the country will be doing everything in its power to ensure that progress is made in that direction.
She then challenged the Ministry of Commerce to ensure that Liberia exports goods and services to other Member States of the West African Monetary Zone like its counterparts are doing.
Earlier, the Director General of West African Monetary Institute, Abwaku Englama, said the three-day of deliberations was characterized by frank discussions and openness.
Also making remarks at the close of the meeting was the President of ECOWAS Commission, Marcel Alain de Souza of the Republic of Benin, who assured delegates at the meeting that beginning now, he will ensure that more meetings of such natures are held in Liberia, to encourage more economic cooperation.
For his part, Commerce Minister Addy said the theme for this year’s Forum: “Opportunities for Development Through Regional Trade Integration” represents Liberia’s overarching objective of trade-led economic growth and development by following an industrial policy of the 21st century focused on agric-processing and manufacturing.
The meeting was attended by senior government officials, including Ministers of Trade and Commerce from Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, among others.