LIBERIA: President Weah Dialogues With Diaspora Liberians

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President George Manneh Weah on Thursday hosted nearly 300 Liberians at his Jamaica Resort in Paynesville and held an exciting interactive dialogue with them on various issues of national concern.

The visitors spoke on a range of issues, including trade and commerce, dual citizenship and foreign diplomacy.

They implored the President to cultivate close relationship with Liberian Diaspora citizens to make them a part of government’s development agenda, according to a presidential press release issued Thursday i Monrovia.

The President praised the visiting Liberians for taking off time to see him during their season vacation and encouraged them to remain engaged with his government and the people of Liberia in sustaining national peace and improving the wellbeing of the citizenry.

He pledged government’s support to all Liberians, including those in the Diaspora, particularly citizens wishing to invest in the economy of the country.

The President reiterated his commitment to empowering Liberians to fully participate and not be spectators in the economy of their country.

President Weah promised equal opportunity for all Liberians despite their localities to participate in the development of their country.

Speaking on the issue of dual citizenship, the President told the visitors that he had already submitted a bill at the National Legislature on the matter, promising to give it a push for its final passage into law when the lawmakers return to work.

He assured the Diaspora visitors of his fullest support and promised to include everyone in the rebuilding process of Liberia.

He said his Government is willing to empower Liberian entrepreneurs with millions of dollars to build factories and other companies for the good of the country.

He challenged the groups to take advantage of the government’s offers and to compete with foreign investors in the country.

The President’s visitors included representatives from the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas and the European Liberian Federation Association. Others came from South Sudan, Ghana, Australia, United Arab Emirates and the Scandinavian countries.

The meeting was organized by President Weah to solicit the views of Liberians living in the Diaspora on Liberia’s development process.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.