President Sirleaf Along with Vice President and Chief Administrator of Coca Cola International, Alexander B. Cummings
Coco-Cola Int’l To Expand Production In Liberia
MONROVIA, September 27 (LINA) -The Vice President and Chief Administrator of Coca Cola International, Alexander B. Cummings, has disclosed plans by the entity to expand its operations in Liberia.
He attributed this to the more conducive investment climate and the long-standing partnership that has existed between Coca-Cola and Liberia.
He observed that will this expansion the company will provide additional job opportunities for the country.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the vice president and chief administrator for Coca Cola International made the disclosure Friday when a high-level Coca Cola delegation paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia.
Cummings informed President Sirleaf that his company, having worked in Liberia for over 50 years, was pleased to announce an expansion of its production by adding pure water and canned juice components to its product.
He reiterated that Coca-Cola International has reaffirmed its commitment to further invest in Liberia as its contribution to the country’s post-war reconstruction, terming its partnership as not just “a fair weather”.
He said the new products, particularly Bonaqua mineral water, are expected to come online by March 2015 and that the equipment for its expansion will begin arriving in the country next month (October).
Mr. Cummings stressed that the production of the Bonaqua mineral water will eventually lead to the production of canned juices in Liberia.
Touching on the Ebola fight, Mr. Cummings disclosed that the Coca-Cola Company has donated several assorted items to the National Task Force on Ebola and promised to continue its assistance until the disease is eradicated from the country.
Items donated included a 40-foot container of medical supplies, 50,000 cases of Bonaqua mineral water, 30 infrared thermometers to twenty hospitals, and 300 hand-washing kits to communities surrounding its production site in Paynesville.
The Coca-Cola Vice President, who is a Liberian, extended best wishes on behalf of the company's Chief Executive Officer, Muhtar Kent, to President Johnson Sirleaf as she fights Ebola, and expressed deepest sadness over how Ebola is claiming the lives of thousands in the sub-region, including Liberia.
Mr. Cummings quoted Mr. Kent as saying that he has committed his company to closely work with President Sirleaf and her Mano River Union counterparts to fight the Ebola outbreak.
Responding, President Sirleaf said Liberia was pleased by the announcement of the expansion as it demonstrates confidence in Liberia’s investment climate.
She assured the delegation of government’s openness to seeing more investment in Liberia, expressing optimism that direct foreign investment turns to job creation and infrastructure development.