Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Notes Trade Imbalance Between Liberia, South Africa
MONROVIA, June 13 (LINA) – has called for a trade and investment mission from South Africa to visit Liberia in a bid to bridge the huge trade imbalance between the two African nations.
“We need to find business proposals that lead to mutual benefits for the countries and peoples and we want to thank South Africa for supporting Liberia in the past and today,” the Liberian leader said.
She made the statement in South Africa when she briefed an audience about the country’s Vision 2030 program and the Agenda for Transformation which, she noted, were the country’s roadmap for obtaining national development and reaching middle income status by 2030.
According to a dispatch from Johannesburg, the Liberian leader and delegation arrived Thursday in South Africa and were received at the O. R. Tambo International Airport by high ranking officials of the Liberian Embassy, African Union and South African Government.
President Sirleaf said that meeting the country’s development goals require addressing the structural problems that have been faced over the years and overcoming the infrastructural deficit currently being experienced by Liberia.
The dispatch said Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan, Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh and the Executive Director of the National Investment Commission, George Wisner, offered perspectives on Liberia’s economic, business, investment and foreign policy credentials at the event.
The three government officials also advanced Liberia’s prospects and challenges to the forum which brought together members of the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce, an array of business men and women as well as local and international media institutions.
President Sirleaf is in Johannesburg, South Africa to participate in the 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union being held on the theme: “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063” from June 14-17.