Ivorian Business Delegation Call on Vice President Joseph Boakai

Tuesday, 28th November 2006
Monrovia, Liberia - A five-man delegation from the Ivory Coast based Bouygues Company accompanied by National Investment Corporation Chairman Richard Tolbert Tuesday paid a courtesy call on Vice President Joseph N. Boakai to acquaint him with their desire to invest in Liberia.

The head of the delegation, Olivier Bouygues informed Vice President Boakai that his company has dealt in oil, gas, electricity, water and construction in Ivory Coast for the past 45 years.

Mr Bouygues said his company which has its headquarters in France, also operates in Senegal, Gabon, Congo and offers electricity at ten cents per kilowatt hour.

In response, Vice President Boakai said with the massive destruction wrecked in Liberia as a result of years of civil conflict, any company that will help to restore electricity, water to Liberia and rebuild its battered infrastructure is highly welcome.

He recalled that the late President William R. Tolbert, Jr. tried to encourage collaboration with neighboring Ivory Coast in the exchange of agricultural produce and electricity.

In introductory remarks, NIC Chairman Tolbert assured the investors of government’s goodwill in their endeavor, and informed them about Vice President Boakai’s personal interest as a former businessman in tracking foreign investors for Liberia.

Meanwhile, the President of the think-tank Congress WBN, Dr. Noel Woodroffe Tuesday paid courtesy call on Vice President Joseph N. Boakai to acquaint him with his visit to Liberia.

Dr. Woodroffe told Vice President Boakai that he was in Liberia to conduct leadership seminars for national leaders, including ministers, deputy ministers and senators and representatives.

In remarks, Vice President Boakai said Liberia which was severely damaged during the civil conflict, would appreciate any effort to help reconstruct it. He said seminars lay the ground work for reconstruction, noting,” Reconstruction starts from the mind”.