By: Eldred Wlemongar Thomas
Joe Kpoto, one of Liberia’s respected entrepreneurs has expressed displeasure over what he termed as ‘Anti National Approach’ currently being practiced in Liberia towards development initiatives intended to robustly benefit the people of Liberia.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with this news outlet, GNN-Liberia, Mr. Kpoto said both past and current governments, including some key partners in the private sector have continue to demonstrate Anti National Approach while giving more leverage to foreign businesses.
The Liberian entrepreneur further attributed this to one of the reasons for Liberia’s under-development, something he lamented continues to negatively impact the living standard of the already suffering masses.
He disagreed that Liberians are not competent, and are lack the required qualifications to spearhead or negotiate potential investments that seeks to provide better that would enhance lots of opportunities for the country’s developmental drive and create more jobs for its citizens.
Mr. Kpoto made reference to millions of dollars’ investments from International Companies that were brought into the country by some Liberians including him, but were marginalized because of several political and personal reasons.
He made specific reference of Lagan group, an Irish Civil Engineering Company and Power Machine that should have worked in 2015 on the Robert International Airport and a German Transport Logistics Firm.
Noting, “The interest of our beloved Liberia must be placed at the top of any investment agenda, and not personal and political interest.”.
According to him, such Anti National Approach does not indicate a true sense nationalism and loyalty to one’s country.
He added that it continues to undermine the efforts of most Liberians especially in the diaspora with business connections and desirous of helping to transform their country.
Mr. Kpoto stressing also said, “Despite all these hindrances some of us Liberians confront, I Joe Kpoto will not be deterred to link my country with development opportunities, especially from the International scene,” he told our report with a glaring smiles.
But was quick to observe that while it is good to encourage an open market to attract investments, government must ensure a control system to discontinue the marginalization of Liberians home and abroad with the potential lobbying and assist in the rebuilding of their country, stressing there is nowhere like home.
He urged the government through relevant ministries and agencies to institute measures to ensure a secure business climate for direct foreign investments.
Joe Kpoto, the son of one of Liberia’s longest serving Politician Kekura Kpoto is an international businessman, farmer, humanitarian and politician.
Kpoto is also a representative aspirant for Monsterrado County district #9, and has vowed to effect the necessary changes Liberians have been yielding over the years when elected to the Legislature come October 10, 2017.
“I come to the table with new values, creativity and a sense of belonging to transform lives through the three cardinal functions as a lawmaker, Kpoto promised”.
Monsterrado county district #9 seat is currently occupied by Coalition for Democratic Change Representative Munah Pennoh Youngblood.
He is also a Liberian Professional that holds a BA Degree in Politics and MA in International Relations and is currently pursing another MA Degree in Political Communication at a UK based Goldsmiths University, one of the world’s top ranking Universities.