17 February 2014

Liberia: Govt Told to Stop Lip Service - Toward Liberian Business Community

The President of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA) Mr. Dee-Maxwell S. Kemayah has urged the government to desist from what he referred to as lip service to business institutions in the country.

Mr. Kemayah said for too long the government of Liberia has paid lip service to Liberian business institutions which is undermining their growth and development.

He made the assertion when he served as keynote speaker at program making the first induction ceremony of officials of the Authorized Cemenco Distributors Association of Liberia (ACEMDAL) held at the Monrovia City Hall.

Mr. Kemayah said "little is being done by the government to help improve the business sector which is one of the major income tax generators of the government."

According to him, the government also failed to implement the Liberalization policy which could help improve not only the lives of the citizens but also to enhance the economic status of the nation.

"The government has allowed foreigners to compete with Liberians on petty trades which clearly speak to the fact that the government is not concerned about the economic situation of the ordinary people. If the government cannot empower the business sector, reconciliation cannot be possible due to the fact that the majority who are engaged into businesses are not satisfy with their living condition", the LIBA boss stated.

"Liberians need to take charge of the country's business and economy sectors which are catalysts in improving the livelihood of the citizens."

According to him, the dream of Liberians taking over the country's economic sector can only be achieved when the government provide financial support as well as changing the ways citizens do things. "Liberians can only arrive at this point if they change their behaviors and to be open-minded towards doing business. Liberians must gather information about the kind of business they want to engage in and must adopt best practices in line with standards and professionalism. We cannot do business or improve our business with bad human relations and other practices," he asserted.

He recommended the review of all business laws of the country to ensure that all are in the interest of the citizens. 40% of all goods purchased by the public institutions including ministries and agencies should be in line with Liberian businesses.

At the same time, the LIBA boss has urged the new leadership of ACEMDAL to hold together and help to seek the welfare of its members to enhance growth and unity in their activities.

In his inaugural address, the Chairman of ACEMDAL Mr. Varmah G. Moore vowed to protect the interest of members of the organization with transparency and accountability.

He, however, lauded the management of CEMENCO and the LIBA for the opportunity afforded them to form part of event in ensuring that they remain firm members of the institutions.

He urged the newly inducted executives of the organization and all members of ACEMDAL to work hard and assist each other in time of needs.

Those inducted into office include Mr. Varmah G. Moore Chairman, Mrs. Idee Ragland as Co-Chair/Administration, Mr. J. Monly Dougbe, Co-Chair/Operations, and Mr. James Walker as Secretary General.

Others are Mr. Adam A. Sesay as Assistant Secretary General, Mr. Marcus S. Roberts, Financial Secretary, Mr. Vamuyah S. Sheriff as Treasurer and Mr. McArthur G. David-Chaplain.

At the end of the ceremony, an advisory board headed by its former Chairman Mr. Richard B. Dapaye was setup to help in the implementation and to perform advisory role to the leadership and members of association.

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