Liberian Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Christine A. Elder, on Tuesday discussed a wide range of issues on the social, economic and political fronts in contemporary Liberia.
They also discussed a post U.N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) nation which the Vice President reiterated will be peaceful.
Vice President Boakai said there are challenges, describing this period as critical especially with the downturn of the economy as a result of the drop in the prices of export commodities of rubber and iron ore.
Vice President Boakai made the comments Tuesday during an introductory meeting with the U.S. Ambassador Elder, who recently took up assignment in Liberia, at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.
The Vice President said he does not see any reason to believe there will be a resurrection of chaos in the country and underscored that they as leaders will ensure that the nation remains peaceful and warned against blowing situations out of proportion for any reason.
He told the U.S. diplomat that some of the export commodities should be processed in the country to help create jobs and to also add value to the commodities, especially of rubber, the industry that has been in existence for almost a century in Liberia.
Ambassador Elder spoke of investment possibilities and pointed out that Liberia will continue to be on their radar to attract possible investments.
She told the Vice President that an assessment team from the Army Corps of Engineers is already in the country to assess the Roberts International Airport and that the work at this stage is purely technical.
Meanwhile, a United States congressional delegation is expected in the country, according to the Ambassador, said a release from the Vice President’s Office said.