The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Axel Addy has outlined successes achieved by his ministry in 2014.
Appearing as guest on the ELBC Super Morning Show (SMS) recently in Paynesville, the Minister intoned that the Ministry went to a retreat last year and developed a three-year strategic plan which attempts to find innovative ways to address the ministry’s mandate.
He said at that retreat the ministry shifted its focus in 2014, to ensure that there is no new crisis, with the Ebola epidemic already existing in the country.
The Minister disclosed that the MOC constituted a small team that met with importers of petroleum products, rice and others to learn about challenges they are facing in importing these products and they were able to achieve their target.
With such achievement done last year, Minister Addy added that the ministry has been and is able to maintain a steady supply of seven brands of rice and fuel on the Liberian market.
He stressed that the ministry has also established a Customer Service Center which deals with consumer complaints and the processing of IPDs.
According to Minister Addy, a one stop shop will be established at the ministry by the end of the first quarter of this year and the Liberia Revenue Authority and Central Bank of Liberia will be included into it.
Commenting further, the Liberia Commerce Minister said the ministry has embarked on a journey to build the capacity of staff by sending them abroad for training and building their capacities through the Liberia Institute for Public Administration, adding that they are seeing progress.
The Commerce Minister indicated that this is the first time the ministry’s staffs went through orientation to understand the mandate of the ministry and their job descriptions, which he said was done through the Human Resource Department
He said “one of the innovations we have put in place at the ministry is what we called the Welfare Committee and that manages staff, deals with debts in the ministry between the employees, including various issues. This is beginning to prove very positive because our staffs have vehicles that they can use to do their work.”
Commenting on the generation of revenues by his ministry, the minister pointed out that the ministry doubled its revenue generation in 2014 and has planned to triple it this year.
The Minister of Commerce stated further that the ministry is working with the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) to generate more money for government.