21 January 2013

Liberia: NIC Boss Assess CRC, MOPP Facilities

The Chairman of the National Investment Commission (NIC) O. Natty B. Davis II, recently toured the facilities of both the Cavalla Rubber Corporation (CRC) and the Maryland Oil Palm Plantation (MOPP) to acquaint himself with ongoing projects and construction work.

Speaking to reporters at the Cavalla Rubber Company's Processing Plant in Pleebo, Sodenken District, Maryland County, Mr. Davis said he was impressed with the level of work done on the Procession Plant as well as the progress made toward the construction of 300 housing units.

The NIC Boss said the Commission is interested in the development of smallholder farmers and expressed preparedness to support the initiative.

He called for the resolution of land dispute in the concession area to accelerate investment, adding that NIC is working with stakeholders to resolve outstanding land issues.

It can be recalled that over 8,000 hectares of land at the MOPP have not been completely surveyed which is posing serious challenge to the expansion of the company.

Mr. Davis informed the business community in Maryland County that a supply chain focal person would be appointed to liaise with the business community, CRC and MOPP so that interested businesses can explore opportunities provided by these concessionaires.

For his part, the Deputy Managing Director at the Cavalla Rubber Corporation, John Y. Barkemeni, thanked the NIC Chairman for the visit and the level of cooperation his company has received over the years. He promised to improve the welfare of CRC employees.

Mr. Barkemeni said the CRC Management recently purchased six new yellow machines to be used for its operations.

He stated that some of the equipment would be used to enhance construction works on the 300 new housing units currently under construction for the employees.

The CRC Deputy Managing Director explained that the recruitment of employees is being done through town hall meetings in order to give everyone equal employment opportunity.

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