President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf officially closed this year’s Small Business Associations 2016 Medium Scheme and Micro Enterprise Trade Fair while acknowledging the perseverance and achievements of Liberian entrepreneurs towards the growth of the economy.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the acknowledgement on Friday, November 18, in Monrovia at the end of the Annual Conference of Small Business Associations 2016 Medium Scheme and Micro Enterprise Trade Fair.
She commended the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, sponsors and partners for identifying and highlighting the potentials involved with their contributions to the growth of Liberian economy.
The President was earlier taken on a guided tour of the fair by Commerce Minister Axel Addy, interacted and inspected different businesses and manufactured goods and services locally produced by Liberian entrepreneurs and displayed at the exhibition.
She toured various exhibitions including high quality rubber wood doors, conference and dining, living room sets, bookshelves, arm-chairs for schools, and bed sets. She was, however, quick to note that while it is true that she was impressed with innovations initiated by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry along with its sponsors and partners aimed creating awareness and appreciation for the handiworks of Liberian entrepreneurs in the private sector, she called on stakeholders to go a little further in increasing their engagements with Liberian entrepreneurs in order to actually know their problems.
“I honor you for your perseverance and achievements and we want to see you grow further from petty traders to shops and storekeepers, bigger manufacturers, exporters and investors in Liberia,” President Sirleaf told her audience at the well-attended dinner. “Thank God for some of you who will be winning prizes from here tonight at the end of this four-day trade fair.”
Earlier in his welcome remarks, Minister Addy commended sponsors and partners of the trade fair, including President Sirleaf, for honoring the invitation to participate in another night of Liberian experience. He used the occasion to commend sponsors and partners of the Ministry including United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Japan, Building Markets, Exxon Mobil, APM Terminals and the Chamber of Commerce in ensuring their efforts to see the Liberian economy grow through their meaningful contributions toward the national development.
The four-day Small Business Association (SBA 2016 Medium Scheme and Micro Enterprise (MSME) Trade Fair exhibitions, held under the theme: “From Vision To Implementation,” also displayed produce such as palm kernel oil produced by the J. Palm Group of Companies, chalks produced in Liberia, African country cloth from Lofa County, locally printed T-shirts, tailored clothing of different designs by Liberian tailors, liquid soap, and prepared food and drinks.
Meanwhile, the exhibition also featured vegetables ranging from eggplant, beans, cucumbers, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, bananas, plantains, yams, okra, pawpaw, bitter balls, rice, and cassava, among others.
In a related development, President Sirleaf also cut the ribbons to the newly renovated Nancy B. Doe Market in Sinkor, which will now host the Liberian Marketplace.