President Zuma and President Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Says Economic Diversity Key To Sustainable Growth
MONROIA, November 2 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says ongoing efforts to diversify the Liberian economy from its traditional reliance on export of primary commodities to value addition through manufacturing and agriculture is the key to strong and sustainable growth and development.
According to a dispatch, the Liberian leader made the comments in Pretoria, South Africa during a working luncheon tendered by NEC, a Fortune 500 firm exploring possibilities for investment in Liberia in areas of energy and communication technology.
President Sirleaf recounted Liberia’s steady growth, which peaked at 7.8 percent before being assailed by the twin menaces of the steep decline in global commodity prices and the Ebola pandemic.
“With diversification into value addition through small and medium scale manufacturing and value addition to primary products, we are regaining the lost momentum,” she told the gathering.
Also speaking, the Deputy CEO of NEC Africa expressed his company’s strong desire to invest in Liberia and said NEC is strongly positioned to contribute to Liberia’s reconstruction drive through direct private investment into key sectors of the economy.
Earlier, President Sirleaf was led on a guided tour of the newly-acquired Embassy of Liberia near Pretoria by Ambassador Lois Brutus.
The President expressed delight that the government was able to purchase the property, which is located in Pretoria’s historic district, adding that it was wasteful to keep spending resources on leasing properties for embassies.
She urged the Ambassador and her staff to treat the new edifice with the pride and dignity befitting Liberia’s historic status as a luminary nation in Africa.
Ambassador Brutus thanked the President for her support which led to the acquisition of the property.