Liberia’s trade and investment conference: Transforming investment into development

Jehron Muhammad |

After years of instability brought on by the latest civil war and the Ebola crisis, Liberia’s appears to be starting to rebound after the election of new President George Manneh Weah and a recent investment and trade conference.

Liberia has endured and overcome more than a decade of civil war, was plagued by an Ebola crisis and was declared Ebola-free in May 2015 as West Africa continues to experience flare ups.

At a trade and investment conference held last spring in Liberia’s Grand Bassa County, Minister of Public Works Mabutu Vlah Nyenpan told prospective investors that Liberia has “countless opportunities in the infrastructure sector that both national and international investors can take advantage of to maximize profits while our pro-poor development agenda is attained.” The government is focused on lifting its citizenry “out of abject poverty,” he said.

The Grand Bossa Investment Conference is to become an annual event highlighting potential investment opportunities.

In an exclusive interview from Grand Bassa County, Liberia, Senator Jonathan L. Kaipay told the writer the conference was organized around his legislation, which was signed into law. The legislation included the establishment of a free zone in Grand Bassa to create manufacturing companies and transform Liberian raw material into finished products.

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