Vice President Boakai says Liberian Government Committed to the Development of Liberian Movie Sector

Monday, 29th January 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - The Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai says the Liberian government is committed to protecting and encouraging the growth of a healthy movie sector where the talents of Liberian artists would be groomed to put them on par with artists in other West African countries.

He said the government is working through the Ministry of Information to complete the development of a comprehensive copyright law and policies to protect Liberian actors and artists.

Vice President Boakai noted that when developed, the movie industry would be a tremendous boost to the nation’s tourism industry and would expose the country and its artists worldwide.

Vice President Boakai was speaking Sunday night at the installation of officers of the Liberian Movie Union held at the Monrovia City Hall.

He challenged the Movie Union to strive to develop movie content that will help transform our negative ideas saying, “Today, Liberia needs a movie industry that teaches peace and virtues and not negative values”.

The Vice President added that the Liberian movie industry should strive to emphasize the positive aspects of life, including economic and social programs, anti-corruption crusade and family values.

Also speaking at the program, Information Minister designate Dr. Lawrence Bropleh who was inducted as Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Union, described the installation program as an important date in the annals of the Union.

He said the presence of the Vice President at the program indicated government’s commitment to improve the talents of Liberian artists.

Dr. Bropleh challenged members of the Liberian Movie Union to strive to produce movies that would be appreciated in any part of the world.

In his inaugural address, the President of the Liberian Movie Union, Mr. Clifford Blamoh Robinson Jr., urged the government to evolve laws and regulations to protect Liberian actors and artists.

He said his administration would strive to move the Union to higher heights.
Other officials inducted are: Mr. Varfee Holmes, National Vice President for Administration; Mr.
Courage M. Borbor, Vice President for Operations; Ms.
Martha E. Akorsah, National Secretary General; and Monica Woods, Treasurer, among others.