UK-Based Investors Call on Vice President Boakai

Monday, 30th July 2007

Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says Liberiaís infrastructure was left in very bad shape by the protracted civil conflict and that the Liberian government would appreciate any effort to help repair them.

He said roads, electricity, health and educational facilities are all in shambles, and that investments in these sectors would be highly welcome.
Vice President Boakai made the observation Monday when a two-man team from the United Kingdom based Seagle Scientific Limited, accompanied by House Speaker Alex Tyler and Deputy Health Minister Mohamed Sheriff, called on him to acquaint him with their desire to invest in the country.
The Liberian Vice President said the post-war nationís current budget was too meager for the enormous reconstruction program it has to grapple with, and that the country needs investors who would understand the situation the country is currently faced with.
Vice President Boakai said because of the terrible shape in which the countryís only international airport, Roberts International Airport was in, Liberians currently spend a lot of money on connecting flights to get to Europe and the United States. He added that there was a need to invest in the countryís airports, especially the refurbishing and modernization of the Roberts International Airport.
He recalled the years before the war, when big international carriers like KLM, SWISSAIR and SABENA Airlines, among others, landed at the Roberts International Airport.
Vice President Boakai also stressed the need to empower the youth, especially ex-combatants with life-supporting skills to enable them contribute their quota to the reconstruction and rebuilding of their war-battered nation.
The Liberian Vice President told the visiting British investors that most Liberians today are not contemplating subversive activities, and assured them of governmentís full`est protection.
Briefing the Vice President Boakai earlier, Speaker Tyler said Seagle Scientific Limited expressed a desire to invest in the country some ten years ago, but that the situation  at that prevented them from doing so.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of Seagle Scientific Limited, Tim J. Johnsen expressed his companyís desire to invest in the countryís airport, health and educational sectors a as well as in conducting censuses. Mr. Johnsen said he has conducted a census for Ghana and that his company was also interested in investing in hotel construction and management.