Vice President Boakai Welcomes the Establishment of West Africa Telecom in Liberia

Friday, 13th July 2007
Vice President Joseph Boakai shakes hands with members of the delegation, as Hon. Morris Dukuly and Dr. Peter Coleman look on.
Vice President Joseph Boakai shakes hands with members of the delegation, as Hon. Morris Dukuly and Dr. Peter Coleman look on.
Photo Credit: Office of the Vice President
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has welcomed the establishment of the West Africa Telecom communications services provider in Liberia.

He observed that communication is very critical in the development of any nation.

Vice President Boakai made the remarks Friday when a two-man team from the Paris based West Africa Telecom, accompanied by former Health Minister Dr. Peter Coleman and former Minister of State Morris Dukuly, paid a courtesy call on him at his temporary office in Sinkor.

He said even though Liberians have experienced a boost in cellular phone services across the country over the past few years, the establishment of West Africa Telecom will offer an alternative to mobile phones which are the major source of communication in Liberia today.

Vice President Boakai thanked West Africa Telecom for the confidence they have demonstrated in the Unity Party-led government by investing in Liberia, saying, “The fact that you have decided to come here is a positive signal that the country is now moving”.

He said the Unity Party-led government is committed to ensuring that businesses operate in a conducive and peaceful environment.

Briefing Vice President Boakai earlier, The General Manager of West Africa Telecom, Jonathan Medugno expressed gratitude for the collaboration between his entity and the Liberian government, saying that he looked forward to more fruitful collaboration and successful operations in Liberia.

Also speaking during the meeting, former Health Minister Dr. Coleman who is Manager of the Liberia office of West Africa Telecom, said the company will provide wireless telephone, land line, fax and internet services when it begins operations early August.

Dr. Coleman said West Africa Telecom was grateful for the conducive business climate prevailing in Liberia under the Unity Party-led government.