Vice President Boakai Welcomes Legal Assistance

Tuesday, 9th June 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has welcomed the offer by some American corporate lawyers to help reform Liberia’s commercial laws.

“These are the kinds of interventions that we need at this time,” Vice President Boakai said on June 9 when two American corporate lawyers from Washington University  School of Law paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building Office.

He said the challenges confronting Liberia are so enormous that the Government alone cannot grapple with them. “To simply say we need such assistance is an understatement,” Vice President Boakai said adding, “such assistance is critical to post-war Liberia’s development agenda.” He emphasized that judicial reform was one of the pillars of the Poverty Reduction Strategy enunciated by the Unity Party-led Government in 2008.

Vice President Boakai observed that peace and stability are paramount for a country coming out of  protracted war because they are the bedrocks for attracting new investments.

Briefing Vice President Boakai, Mr. Thomas H. Speedy Rice of Washington University School of Law and  Mr. Sheldon Krantz of DLA Piper Law Firm in Washington said  they were in-country to engage relevant authorities about commercial law reform, private investments, and economic development.

The two American legal experts said they were also in Liberia to assist the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law in improving legal education.

The two corporate lawyers who arrived in the country on June 5 are expected to return home on Wednesday, June 10.