In the wake of the struggling economy facing the nation and its people, Liberian leader George Weah is said to be exploring all necessary means possible to ensure the people of Liberia regain their smiles through the provision of international opportunities to better their current living conditions.
At the ongoing Global Business Forum (GBF) – Africa 2019 taking place in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai and organized by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Weah unleashed Liberia’s potentials and exhilarating business environment to the forum and the world.
The Liberian Leader addressing his colleagues highlighted Liberia’s fertile soil and hallowed climate conducive for agriculture as well as prospects in the Mining and energy, logging and tourism sectors.
According to an executive mansion release ,The Liberian Leader interactive address revealed the Country’s huge potentials for investments and also discussed his plans to unlock growth and opportunity for young entrepreneurs to become key actors in the Liberian economy.
In a more confident tune, the Liberian head of State assured the over 1,000 delegates including organizers, participants and investment groups respectively that Liberia is fully ready for business noting that Liberian businesses are prepared to work with other Countries including the UAE.
The forum which is organized by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry GBF Africa 2019 is held under the theme: “Scale Up Africa”
It focus among other things is geared towards highlighting significant efforts aimed at underlining the important role of cross border cooperation in supporting and accelerating Africa’s next phase of sustainable economic growth and development.
According to H.E. Hamad Buamim, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Chamber since its inception, GBF Africa has served as a catalyst for UAE-Africa economic cooperation and business exchange. “The 2019 edition will also highlight new high-potential areas where African companies can collaborate with their UAE counterparts to create new business opportunities and capitalize on existing trade and investment potential”, he noted.
Non-oil trade between Dubai-Africa has increased steadily in recent years, amounting to $37.2 billion in 2018. The trend reflects the expanding trade ties and growing business confidence between the two regions.
Additionally, The GBF Africa 2019 forum also offers a comprehensive program delving into key trends and technologies reshaping African economies, with interactive sessions and panel discussions putting a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, game-changing partnerships, success stories, opportunities and challenges.
Among the high-level dignitaries attending GBF Africa 2019 includes: George Weah, President of Liberia;. Danny Faure, President of Seychelles; and 17 ministers from Sierra Leone, Ghana, Namibia, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Senegal, Uganda, Malawi, Congo, Tanzania, Niger and Liberia.
Also attending are senior public and private sector stakeholders from across Africa, including former heads of state, CEOs, entrepreneurs, industry experts and economists.
Meanwhile the Heads of State discussion component is being moderated by Eleni Giokos, Communication Cable Network (CNN) Correspondent, South Africa.
In a move to explore further opportunities for Liberia due to its current economic situation, President George Weah was also recently in Paris, France advocating for investors to come to Liberia.
In his brief address, He again outlined and committed Liberia’s readiness for business with the rest of the world as well as ensuring timely issuance of visas online or on arrival.
France since the inception of this Government has helped Liberia so far in Youth Development and Empowerment with further plans to build and strengthen the Technical Vocational Education Programs with youth being its primary focus among others.
While the Government and people of UAE has expressed interest in several key sectors of Liberia including: Agriculture, Information Technology, Mining and Energy, The economy and many others.
Liberians are of the conviction that their leader participation in global events as well as official visits to friendly nations and bodies will yell tangible dividend for them soon especially with the current hardship they are experiencing.