President George Weah is admonishing delegates at the ongoing Guinea-Liberia Integrated Railway Corridor to drive at a more realistic framework because the ultimate purpose is to improve the conditions of the two Nations, and the lives of their citizens.
President Weah said, the task of future generation, is to enable economic development, job creation, poverty reduction, skills development, regional integration, and trade.
Liberia President George Weah has acnowledge Guinea are endowed with vast mineral resources and fertile agricultural lands, and this has been so for thousands of years.
He noted that as a matter of fact, the ore that is hope to evacuate from Guinea through Liberia has been sitting there for millions of years, and noted that such resources can be use for sustainable livelihoods for both countries.
President Weah said, the Conference on the Guinea-Liberia Integrated Railway Corridor now provides both countries with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to work hand-in-hand as neighbors, and as brotherly nations, to begin the process of realization of this enormous potential.
He said, he is encouraged that all the parties around the table are African institutions, which means both party can shape a solution that is uniquely positioned for their own environment.
Mr. Weah added that the railway Corridor under discussion, presents to both administrations the opportunity to deliver on a legacy that will not only be transformative for their nations, but will be pioneering within their continent, and of global strategic importance.
The Liberian Leader informed participants that, arguments and disagreements about processes should not distract them, instead should concentrate on working out modalities that will ensure that both countries achieve the desired outcomes.
According to President Weah, he await the day to see the first train carrying the Guinean ore heading to the port of Buchanan in Liberia.
He quickly reminded conference their responbilities of leadership in the interest of their people and must not fail to provide their needs and wants.
” OPPORTUNITY COMES BUT ONCE, THIS IS OUR TIME AND WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT WE SEIZE THE MOMENT TO MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OUR PEOPLE”, the Liberain Leader encouraged both countries.
Speaking at a Dinner organized for the participants held at the Ministerial Complex in Congo Town, Monrovia, President Weah thanked his neighbours for honouring the invitation to attend the conference whose object is to determine and agree to the modilities for the creation and establishment of Guinea-Liberia Integerated Railway Corridor.
He noted that with such deligation, it sends a strong signal to Liberians the importance his collegue, President Alpha Conde of Guinea attach to the agreement.
He quickly added that, the Guinean delegation is matched and complimented at every level by their Liberian counterparts.
“TOGETHER, THIS IS A VERY IMPRESSIVE ARRAY OF TALENT AND EXPERTISE, WHICH IS NOT EXPECTED TO FAIL, WHEN FOCUSED ON THE SEARCH FOR A SOLUTION TO THE OPPORTUNITY WHICH NOW PRESENT ITSELF”, President Weah noted.
At the same time, Mr. Weah said, the participation in the historic Conference means that participitants are tasked with a mission that can and will alter the destiny of the two nations.
According to him, Within their sight and reach, is the opportunity for Guinea and Liberia to develop and implement the first Mega Project under the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, and thereby write an important chapter in the book of Africa’s economic development.
“ALL OF US IN THIS ROOM WHO ARE IN LEADERSHIP IN OUR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES, HAVE THE COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY OF BRINGING THIS PROSPECTIVE COLLABORATION BETWEEN LIBERIA AND GUINEA TO A FRUITFUL AND SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME, AN OUTCOME THAT WILL BENEFIT OUR CITIZENS IN THE PRESENT AND SECURE A BETTER LIFE IN THE NEAR AND DISTANT FUTURE FOR THE GENERATIONS YET UNBORN”, President Weah encouraged the participants.
He continued that, One day, the children will ask their leaders, What did with the power and responsibility that had been bestowed upon them as leaders of their two Nations? Which answer will they give? Did we only talk the talk, and fail? Or did we walk the walk, and succeed.
According to the Liberian leader, while it is important to respect the processes, rules, and protocols, he urged that both parties keep their individual and collective eyes on the prize, so as to achieve the desired outcome.
The three days Inter-Ministerial is expected to end on Friday, June 11th, 2021.