The NEWS (Monrovia)

18 April 2014

Liberia's Business Environment Encouraging

Following decades of political turmoil, Liberia has now set its sight on development and national recovery as evidenced by 10 years of unbroken peace.

With peace being the hallmark to the country's progress, business institutions that once invested in the country have begun resuming their operations and one of several institutions is Air Cote d'Ivoire.

Speaking to journalists Wednesday in Monrovia, Air Cote d'Ivoire Regional Country Manager for Liberia and Sierra Leone Soro Toussaint described the resumption of their operation in the country as positive and encouraging.

He said following their resumption on January 7, 2014, they have observed a positive and encouraging business environment.

Toussaint pointed out that prior to the resumption, the company was dealing with a National Air Carrier from Cote d'Ivoire to Liberia but it has been branded with a new airliner called Air Cote d'Ivoire with airbus 319 that can fly from Abidjan to Monrovia and other West African countries.

"Liberia and Cote d'Ivoire are two sisterly countries and citizens from both countries are very happy for the arrival of Air Cote d'Ivoire in Liberia and currently I can say passengers traveling from Liberia to other West African countries are now enjoying the fast and smooth operation of our airline," Toussaint stressed.

He explained that Air Cote d'Ivoire has a direct flight from Abidjan to Monrovia and it is done three times weekly: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and from Abidjan, they connect to other West and Central African countries.

Toussaint also urged Liberians and foreign nationals to discover the advantages of Air Cote d'Ivoire because they are prepared to seek their passengers' interest first.

"I am pleased to make this call to all Liberians and foreign nationals living in Liberia to come and discover the secret of our airline because I know in Liberia, people are used to international carrier and I think it is now time for them to try Air Cote d'Ivoire because we are internationally recognized airline and we have all of the necessary facilities that an international air should possess," Toussaint added.

Toussaint praised Liberians for their positive responses to other foreign nationals and hoped that citizens of both Cote d'Ivoire and Liberia will put the past behind them and now focus on the future of moving the two countries and people forward. v. He called on Liberians to get involved in doing business because business helps to develop the economy of any nation. He believes that with the openness and encouraging business climate, Liberia is becoming a serious business destination for investors.

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