Vice President Joseph N. Boakai Breaks Grounds for the Construction of a Food Processing Factory

Tuesday, 21st November 2006
Monrovia, Liberia - The Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai Monday evening broke grounds for the construction of a food processing factory in Joezohn Town, near the Fendall Campus of the University of Liberia in Margibi County.

The factory, estimated at four million United States Dollars, is being constructed by a U.S based company ARBEKO.  It will process cocoa, coffee and other local farm products.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice President Boakai noted that processing will add value to Liberian products most of which, he noted, are seasonal. He regretted that due to the protracted civil conflict coffee and cocoa farms around the country were left unattended for many years and are currently in the bushes.
 He hoped ARBEKO will rehabilitate these farms to bring them to production once again.

The Liberian Vice President assured the Unity Party led governmentís cooperation and support to ARBEKO in its operations, because he said, a food processing plant is something that Liberians have looked forward to for a long time.

Vice President Boakai said as a former managing director of LPMC which exported coffee and cocoa, he was personally interested in the factory and would closely monitor its operations.

He observed that building a factory like this in Liberia was a demonstration of confidence in the Unity Party led government and an encouragement to other people to do business in Liberia.

 Also speaking at the ceremony, the Executive Director of ARBEKO, Robert Medina said construction of the factory will last for six months, following which the company will begin full-scale operations.

 Mr. .Medina said his company decided to establish the factory close to the agriculture college at Fendall so that it can also serve as a training center for agriculture students of the University of Liberia.

An official of the company, Minty Pennoh Montlouis said the company will also serve as a source of water and electricity supply for the Fendall Agriculture College and surrounding communities.

Mrs. Montlouis assured that ARBEKO will endeavor to put Liberia on the map of coffee and cocoa producing countries.