The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Wilson K. Tarpeh, has re-assured Liberians that government will support their business engagements.
Minister Tarpeh stated that President George Manneh Weah has made available one million United States dollars to the banks to empower Liberian businesses across the country.
The Commerce Minister made statement Saturday when he launched the Grand Street Sale of made in Liberia goods organized by the Liberia Business Association (LIBA) in collaboration with the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) held on Ashmun Street in Monrovia.
According to him, the government is developing a policy that will restrict certain goods on the local market to only Liberian businesses.
He maintained that the government will do everything possible to ensure Liberian businesses move from the spectator’s bench to actively participate in the business community.
Minister Tarpeh stressed that government intends to see Liberian businesses operating at the shop and store levels and urged Liberians to position themselves adequately to engage positively in the private sector.
Meanwhile, the President of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, Wendell Addy, has said the path to success of the government Pro-Poor Agenda will depend on the private sector, particularly Liberian businesses.
Addy stated that the grand street sale of Liberian goods is the beginning of transforming the Liberian economy.
He noted that government alone cannot employ all of its citizens, so the private sector plays a crucial role in building a vibrant economy through job creation.
For his part, the President of the Liberia Business Association, James M. Strother, said the grand street sale was intended to showcase Liberian products and empower Liberian businesses in the country.
Strother stated that the street sale will be held every last Saturday of each month to promote made in Liberia goods.