President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has re-assured Liberian entrepreneurs of 25 percent allocation in the national budget for the Government’s procurement goods and services from Liberian own-businesses.
She indicated that the Macro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country are the driving force for inclusive development to ensure that the citizens get access to job opportunities and incomes are distributed equally in the country.
President Sirleaf made the assertions on Tuesday, November 17 at the start of the two-day National MSME Conference that featured over 50 Small Business Enterprises, held at the Monrovia City Hall.
She observed that it is critical to empower Liberian businesses through that process, and called on Liberian businesses to register with the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) that will enable them to be identified officially by government.
It can be recalled, President Sirleaf instructed supermarket operators in Liberia to make available shelves in their various supermarkets and stores for made-in-Liberia products, and not to reject them. She further stressed that it is wrong for supermarkets –predominantly foreign-owned – and stores to reject Liberian-made products.
At the same time, the Liberian leader indicated that young people are getting involved into innovative entrepreneurship which could help in reducing the high level of poverty in the country.
She noted that there is a possibility for Liberians to develop through this sector, adding that everyone needs to remain committed and persistent in promoting and upholding made-in-Liberia products.
She used the occasion to especially thank the farmers featured at the MSME Conference and their local and international partners for supporting youth participation.
She wants the innovation that MSMEs are engaged in to continue, as it can be transformed into greater effects, adding that although it is difficult, it requires hard work.