President Sirleaf Acknowledges Liberian Entrepreneursí Perseverance, Achievements.

Sunday, 20th November 2016
President Sirleaf accompanied by Commerce Minister Addy inspects made in Liberia products.
President Sirleaf accompanied by Commerce Minister Addy inspects made in Liberia products.
Photo Credit: Executive Mansion

Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf officially closed this year's "Small Business Associations 2016 Medium Scheme & Micro - Enterprise, Trade Fair while acknowledging the perseverance and achievements of Liberian entrepreneurs towards the growth of the economy.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the acknowledgement on Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Monrovia City at the end of the Annual Conference of Small Business Associations 2016 Medium Scheme & Micro - Enterprise, Trade Fair. She commended the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, sponsors and partners for identifying and highlighting the potentials involved with their contributions to the growth of Liberian economy.

The Liberian leader was earlier taken on a guided tour by Commerce Minister Axel Addy, interacted and inspected different businesses, manufactured goods and services locally produced by Liberian entrepreneurs and displayed at the exhibition.

President Sirleaf toured various exhibitions including high quality rubber wood doors, conference and dining, living room sets, book shelves, arm-chairs for schools, and bed sets. She, however was quick to note that while it is true that she was impressed with innovations initiated by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry along with its sponsors and partners aimed creating awareness and appreciation for the handiworks of Liberian Entrepreneurs in the in the private sector - she called on stakeholders to go a little further in increasing their engagements with Liberian Entrepreneurs in order to actually know their problems.

“I honor you for your perseverance and achievements and we want to see you grow further from petty traders to shops and store keepers, bigger manufacturers, exporters and investors in Liberia,” President Sirleaf told her audience at the well-attended dinner. “Thank God for some of you, who will be winning prices from here tonight at the end of this four day trade fair,” President Sirleaf concluded.

In his welcome remarks, Commerce & Industry Minister, Axel M. Addy commended sponsors and partners of the trade fair, including President Sirleaf for honoring the invitation to participate in another night of Liberian experience. He used the occasion to commend sponsors and partners of the Ministry including United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Japan, Building Markets, Exxon Mobil, APM Terminals and the Chambers of Commerce in ensuring their efforts to see the Liberian economy grow through their meaningful contributions toward the national development.

The four-day Small Business Association (SBA 2016 Medium Scheme & Micro Enterprise (MSME) Trade Fair exhibitions, held under the theme: “From Vision To Implementation,” also displayed produce such as palm kernels oil produced by the J. Palm Group of Companies of Marbu Johnson, chalks produced in Liberia, country African cloth from Lofa County, T-shirts printed by Liberian Printing Presses, sewed clothes of different designs by Liberian tailors, liquid soaps, prepared food and drinks.

Meanwhile, the exhibition also featured vegetables ranging from eggplant, beams, cucumbers, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, bananas, plantains, yams, okra, pawpaw, bitter boils, rice, cassava, among others.

In a related development, President Sirleaf also cut the ribbons to the newly renovated Nancy B. Doe Market in Sinkor, which will now host the ‘Liberian Marketplace’.