Liberia: Weah Calls for Increased Trade-and-Commerce

President George Manneh Weah says increased collaboration and cooperation among African nations in the areas of trade and investment is a catalyst to rapid socioeconomic development on the Continent.

President Weah made the assertions on Monday, 17 June when he hosted Ghana's Special Envoy and Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen who paid a courtesy visit to the president.

During the meeting, the Executive Mansion says President Weah laments the high cost of trade and commerce between and among African countries than outside the Continent.

He calls for increased liberalization of constraints hampering intra-Africa commerce and stresses the need for concerted efforts and knowledge sharing among governments in exploring agriculture opportunities.

President Weah indicates that Liberia got great potential in the agriculture sector and offers prospects into which foreign partners can tap."Liberia has a blessed soil and weather conditions," he says, and makes emphasis that "Our land is fertile and arable and supported by equal amounts of sun and rain during the year."

"We only need the kind of capacity and expertise others have to make progress, and we are willing to learn from others on what we can do here successfully," he continues.

President Weah reiterates Liberia's support and commitment to African Countries that have the potential to improve trade and economic growth of other countries, while respecting and maintaining their individual sovereignties.

Speaking during the meeting, the Ghanaian Envoy commends President Weah and his government for ably managing the June 7, 2019 protest, saying that successful end of it has sent a clear message of Liberia's democratic maturity.

"Ghana is ever ready to partner with Liberia in boosting trade and investment," Ambassador Alan Kyerematen.He discloses Ghana's ambition to host the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA).

Ghana is one of eight countries bidding to host the Secretariat. They include Ethiopia, Egypt and Swaziland, among others.-Press release

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