Vice President Boakai Assures Liberia’s Cooperation in Sub-regional Initiatives

Tuesday, 2nd September 2008

Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has assured the Liberian government’s cooperation in initiatives that will ensure improved standards of living in the West African sub-region.

Vice President Boakai said just like security, poor living standards in one country will affect living standards in other countries in the sub-region.

Vice President Boakai made the commendation Monday, when an ECOWAS Trade and Mineral delegation which is in the country to set up a National Trade Coordination Committee for Liberia, accompanied by the Special Representative of ECOWAS in Liberia, Ambassador Ansumana E. Ceesay and Deputy Commerce Minister S. Eldred Liberty, paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building office.

He thanked ECOWAS for the initiative, which he noted, is very important for the sub-region, noting, “You can have all the resources, if you can’t properly manage and utilize them, you can’t develop”.

He regretted that African countries continue to lag behind in development, noting that such initiatives will bring about development and improve the quality of life in the region.

Vice President Boakai emphasized hat the Unity party-led Government welcomes such initiatives because it is committed to improving the quality of life in Liberia.

Earlier in remarks, the ECOWAS Commissioner on Trade, Customs, Industries Mines and Free Movement, Mr. Alhaji Mohamed B. Daramy, said the ECOWAS team has been here for the past two weeks trying to set up a National Coordination Team for Liberia and to train people in negotiating trade deals, so that trade can lead to development. “Trading,” he observed, “must have an impact on development”.

He said he was happy that Liberia has done a lot of work, with the necessary documents and policies in place.

Mr. Daramy said since their arrival in Liberia, the team has met with several stakeholders, including the Ministry of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce, Private Sector, Finance and Justice Ministries.

Also in remarks, the Director of the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, Nigeria, Dr. Doglas Zormelo said Liberia, Guinea Bissau, and Sierra Leone have been earmarked by ECOWAS for intensive assistance in these areas.