Liberia Marketing Association Leadership Meets President Sirleaf

Friday, 24th August 2007
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Boakai in discussions with executives of the Liberia Marketing Association.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Boakai in discussions with executives of the Liberia Marketing Association.
Photo Credit: James M. Garresen, II/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says her government has no intention of politicizing the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA). The Liberian leader said government is only interested in seeing the Association become a major wholesaler in Liberia. Marketers, the President noted must be given a say in the running of their markets.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the President was speaking at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, when she met with the leadership of the Liberia Marketing Association.

Wednesdayís meeting with the Association was part of the Presidentís Executive Consultations with major stakeholders in the country. Speaking of programs earmarked for Marketers, the President said prospective market areas must be surveyed, demarcated and deeded to facilitate government market extension program. The President pointed out that the Ma Juah Market in Vai Town was only a temporary measure. The market, she said, will be relocated once an ideal area is constructed.

The leadership of the Association praised the President and Vice President Joseph Boakai for their continuous support. They pledged their desire towards working with the Interim Management Committee to improve the welfare and standards of the marketers.

For his part, Vice-President Boakai revealed that a United States based group has pledged to set up a micro-financing grant for the Association. He appealed to members to be patient as legal documents are finalized to pave the way for elections to be held in January 2008.