Sinoe County — At a Kulu clan meeting held in Sinoe, 12 February 2014, and chaired by the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency, there was an community vote which overwhelmingly affirmed its support of Golden Veroleum Liberia's (GVL) investment plans in Tarjuowon and on Kulu land.
On 9 November 2013, GVL was invited to develop oil palm operations, roads and a future site for an oil palm factory following the signing of a social agreement with the people of Tarjuowon Statutory District in Sinoe County. The outcome of the Kulu meeting reaffirms the Kulu community's commitment to the agreement.
Virgil Magee, Head of Corporate Communication of GVL said, "We are delighted that the community has reconfirmed its support for development on its lands. We remain committed to working harmoniously with local communities and welcome all dialogue and discussion that recognizes peoples' aspirations and concerns.
"As a long-term investor in the rural economy of Liberia, the relationships we develop and maintain with host communities with whom we work are of paramount importance to GVL. Since commencing development, we have sought to engage sensitively with the communities in whose areas we are investing and with respect to the values they hold dear. The aspiration to respect the sovereignty, culture and traditions of our hosts has informed both decision-making in our operations and the dialogues we uphold with the local communities who play host to us."
GVL has engaged with community groups in Sinoe and in the diaspora to address different opinions. We will continue to work responsibly and sensitively in dialogue with communities, associations, NGOs and local government, on matters important to the communities and so as to inform and determine our regional investment and development programs. We will undertake to continue the investment in infrastructure, education and healthcare that we have brought to other rural areas of Liberia. Having already brought a better standard of education to 600 primary school children, built two health centers, three farms and brought jobs to 2,300 Liberians, we are excited about developing the local infrastructure alongside our work in Tarjuowon.
We are proud to be a partner in building a richer and healthier future for Liberia and its people and welcome future opportunities to build on these plans with our hosts.