Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, With Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) Official
"Government Unhappy With Slow GVL Liberianization” - VP Boakai
MONROVIA, April 23 (LINA) - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, has called on Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) to offer more opportunities to qualified Liberians instead of continually hiring expatriates.
He said there are many qualified Liberians who are ready and willing to serve in managerial, supervisory and technical positions.
Vice President Boakai said Liberia’s Ministry of Labor has been directed to be more scrupulous in approving work and residence permits for all expatriates, as part of its responsibility.
He also expressed concern at the quality of workers’ housing and challenged GVL to improve its social and community services programs, a dispatch from Jarkata said.
Vice President Boakai made the call Thursday in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, during a meeting he held with Mr. Franky Widjaja, Chairman of Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food, the parent company and owner of GVL, operating in Sinoe, Rivercess and Grand Kru counties in Southeastern Liberia.
Vice President Boakai however, commended GVL for its investment to date in Liberia, and for creating more than 3,000 jobs around the country.
He said Government believes GVL is still a good partner that has a lot more to offer, but challenged the company to live up to the terms of the concession agreement it signed with the Liberian Government.
Vice President Boakai assured the GVL Chairman that the local communities and tribal groups were ready to work with GVL in identifying more farmland for expansion, but that the company should also accelerate its out-growers program.
In remarks, Sinar Mas Chairman Franky Widjaja welcomed the comments of Vice President Boakai, which he described as frank and helpful.
Mr. Widjaja lamented that a few elements were bent on stalling GVL’s expansion activities but that the company had already spent more than US$133 million in investment in Liberia.
He called for the support of the Liberian government to educate citizens on the benefits of agriculture and to also build better road infrastructure.
The GVL chairman disclosed that they had already ordered a palm oil processing plant which when completed would be one of the largest and most advanced in Africa.
He assured that GVL was a long-term partner and thanked Vice President Boakai for the visit.
Vice President Boakai was accompanied to the meeting by Liberia’s Ambassador accredited near Jakarta, Madam Yongor Telewoda, and senior aides from his office, the dispatch concluded,