Thursday, 14th March 2013

Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has called on the members of the Liberia Business Association at its first National Convention underway in Paynesville to consider the forum as a huge turning point  because it throws wide open the doors of inclusion and increased participation in the economic sector of  Liberia.

He said the Liberia Business Association has taken a giant stride in a new era and that the convention for the first time in the history of Liberia is set to lift  the organization into an era in which LIBA is grounded in the precepts and practices of democracy, employing the best practices in organizational decision making and casting its net far and wide in its quest to be the true representative of the vast community of Liberian businesses.

A release from the Office of the Vice President further quotes the Vice President as urging the participants to poise to ursher in a new constitution that will guide the organization in its programs.
Vice President Boakai recalled the void created in the indegenious industry as a result of the civil crisis adding,”it impacted on companies that were stimulating value addition.”

Noting further, Vice President Boakai pointed out that “ for too long we have continued to decry the demeaning practice of importing what we can and what we should produce ourselves.”
Vice President Boakai told the conferees that he is a firm believer in private enterprise and individual initiative and also believe that Government meet the private sector midway in the task of spurring economic growth and social well being. The convention draws representation from the fifteen counties and ends March 14.

The convention will deliberate on business networking,busines plan development, financial record keeping, human resource management as well as procedures/criteria and processes.
Other speakers at the opening included Ministers of Commerce and Industry and Labor, the Executive Governor of the Central Bank, the NIC, LMA President,UNDP Country Director for Liberia and Dr. Charles Clarke foundier of the LIBA among others.