The Ambassador of the United States of America accredited near Monrovia, Deborah Malac, has urged Liberians to see agriculture as a means for private sector development.
Amb. Malac stressed the need for Liberian students to focus on obtaining degrees in Agriculture and Engineering courses.
The US Envoy was speaking Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the second Employers' Forum organized by the Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD) project held in Monrovia.
The EHELD Project is being supported by the US Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
She recalled that the curricula for Agriculture and Engineering were reversed in 2012 in a bid to encourage high enrollment in the two areas.
"The world has changed in the last 25 years, and business is highly recognized. We all need to help to develop the working force since the country's education is still recovering. More need to be done," said Amb. Malac.
She pledged the US Government's support to the EHELD project through USAID.
However, she said the project can be sustained through a collaborative effort of Liberians.
Said the US diplomat: "Preparing the work force of Liberia is very important. It is a collective responsibility and not government alone. The private sector can also help to improve the economy."
She, among other things, called on Liberians to stop pointing fingers and blaming others and come together under one accord in pushing the interest of their country forward.
For his part, the General Manager of the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC), Mr. Vijay Maira, who spoke on the topic: "Enhancing Partnership," said the issue of electricity and water supply needs serious attention in order to enhance development.
Mr. Maira stressed the need for the production of electricity by the means of bio gas and solar energy since the country's power infrastructures were badly destroyed during the civil crisis.
He stated that the unavailability of water supply, especially safe drinking in Liberia remains a key issue that must be looked at thoroughly.
Speaking on the issue of education, he said Liberians have the greatest responsibility in enhancing education, noting this can be done through partnership.
The LAC boss disclosed that his company had over the years sponsored 20 to 25 students at leading universities annually.
He also disclosed that a mini- hydro construction project by the company is underway.
Mr. Maira stated that the project will provide youngsters, especially students the opportunity to have the experience to constructing hydro.