President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that the availability of quality infrastructure, which her government is endeavoring to provide for the Liberian people, is the key to quality livelihood for the people.
President Sirleaf stressed that if basic infrastructure, including roads, electricity and water, that have been non-functional for decades as a result of the civil conflict, are rehabilitated, they will improve the quality of life of Liberians.
She said these infrastructures will eventually improve other services such as education, quality healthcare, as well as boost agriculture which remains Liberia’s potential for investment and growth.
Receiving the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, Ms. Lilianne Ploumen and delegation at her Foreign Affairs Ministry office this week, President Sirleaf expressed appreciation for their visit.
Ms. Ploumen, at the head of a high-level trade mission, including representatives of at least 30 Dutch companies, was in the country for a one-day Liberia-Netherlands Business and Investment Dialogue.
President Sirleaf pointed out that Liberia is open for business, especially businesses that will foster inclusive economic growth. She used the occasion to appeal for investment in the country’s youthful population.
She also assured Ms. Ploumen and delegation that their investment, would be “fully protected” under the laws of Liberia.
President Sirleaf meanwhile recalled the strong ties subsisting between Liberia and the Netherlands beginning with the Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) becoming one of the first international airlines to operate in Liberia after the construction of the Roberts International Airport (RIA).
Minister Ploumen, in response, expressed appreciation to President Sirleaf for the opportunity afforded them to undertake, what she termed “This unique visit to Liberia.” She also assured Liberians of their interest to invest in Liberia, especially the country’s young population.
She disclosed that the Dutch entrepreneurs see many opportunities in working with Liberia.
Ms. Ploumen stated that the entrepreneurs have not come to Liberia for a “quick wins”; rather they were in Liberia for a long term commitment to the people and to invest in its economy.
She then pledged to work with the Liberian government in attracting Dutch private investment saying, “We will work with our friends and private companies to invest in Liberia favorably.”
She highlighted the upcoming financial conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia next week to boost economic growth and capacity building in the countries worst affected by Ebola, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
The delegation was accompanied to the office of the President by Liberia’s Ambassador to the European Union, Isaac W. Nyenabo.
The delegation thereafter departed for Sierra Leone.