Members of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) over the weekend commended the former Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Dr. J. Mills Jones, for what they described as his economic empowerment and access to finance by Liberian-owned businesses.
LMA officials commended Dr. Jones over the weekend at their fourth annual convention held in Kakata, Margibi Country. The delegates expressed gratitude to Dr. Jones for the L$500,000 he donated to them as his personal contribution toward the successful hosting of the convention.
Amidst round of applauses, the delegates pledged their loyalty to Dr. Jones promising to always be with him in his future undertakings.
Referring to him as their “Poverty Doctor,” the marketers assured him of their commitment, adding, “Do not worry about what people will say against you, because we are for you till you get there,” the delegates said in unison.
Some of them testified that Dr. Jones has, through the loan scheme, built their respective capacities to the extent that they now own businesses that are supplying goods and services to several high profile foreign establishments in the country.
According to them, Dr. Jones has immensely contributed to the expansion of the Liberian economy and the creation of hundreds of jobs through his support to Liberian-owned businesses.
David K. Sembeh, Liberia Business Association (LIBA) vice president, who presented the cash to LMA president Lusu Sloan on behalf of LIBA president Dee-Maxwell Kemayah, Sr., expressed gratitude to the LMA for hosting a successful convention.
He reminded the delegates that though Dr. Jones is no longer Governor of the Central Bank, he has been a friend to LIBA and the LMA, noting, “This man has helped us a lot, therefore we should also be there for him.”
Mr. Sembeh also called on the business community, especially LMA members not to be deterred, but to remember Dr. Jones, “Because he has promised never to forget about us.”
Earlier, LMA president Lusu Sloan, who received the cash contribution from Dr. Jones through the “Friends of J. Mills Jones” (FOJM), thanked him on behalf of the delegates for his continued support to the Liberian businesses.
She said the amount received “was not a surprise because this is not the first time. Dr. Jones has helped us with loans before and still continuing to help us, so we say thank you plenty, Dr. Jones, for your support.”