“During My Soccer Career, I Did Not Cheat to Win A Penalty”

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Pres. Weah meets Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Photo Credit: Executive Mansion (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

— Pres. Weah tells ‘trade gurus’

President George Weah appears to be putting his reputation as a former professional footballer on the line as a way to convince investors that under his watch, their investments in Liberia would be safe.

In a bid to market Liberia’s rich investment climate and woo some of the world’s major investors to take advantage of his administration’s patronizing policies, the President said: “I am honest, and so is my government. Many of you here today are witnesses to my sincerity. During my soccer career, I did not cheat or dive to win a penalty like many do; yet, I became the best player in the world. This same honesty I bring to politics and governance.”

According to an Executive Mansion release, the President spoke these words to an assembly of international investors, entrepreneurs and governments on Monday, November 18, 2019. He said that his administration has re-worked Liberia’s trade and commerce ecosystem, making it ideal and perfect for serious investment.

He spoke of Liberia’s vast natural resources, including timber, iron ores, rubber, gold, diamonds, fertile soil and favorable climatic conditions, which he said are underpinned by his government’s anti-graft policy and zero tolerance for corruption.

“You will certainly not regret investing in Liberia,” the President told his audience, adding, “My Government is fair and honest; and my people are hospitable and loving.”

In conversation with CNN’s Africa Correspondent, Eleni Giokos, who moderated President Weah’s presentation, President Weah spoke of improved conditions and policies for visa issuance, which is done either on arrival or online, government’s anti-graft, and cordiality as his government’s way of attracting meaningful investors.

Though, the country’s economy is suffering to gain strength, President Weah urged the audience to ask those currently doing businesses in Liberia to verify his claim of the current business climate under his leadership of being fair and well improved.

“My goal is to help the people of Liberia live in peace and have better life. With my team of cabinet ministers, and our counterparts in the judiciary and legislature, we are committed to achieving this,” the President said.

He added that Liberia and Africa need sincere investors—investors who, he said, will not defraud the people of Liberia in taxes and will “not swindle our government; investors who are true and honest partners.”

The President told the forum to pay special attention to startups, and the youth as they are the future of any cooperation.

Prior to the interactive forum with Correspondent Eleni Giokos, President Weah held a closed-door meeting with the President of Dubai and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, H.H. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

President Weah was later on expected to hold bilateral discussions with the President of United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi. The President is attending the Global Business Africa 2019 held under the theme, “Scale Up Africa.”

It is being organized by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It aims to underline the important role of cross border cooperation in supporting and accelerating Africa’s next phase of sustainable economic growth and development.

According to Hamad Buamim, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Chamber since its inception, GBF Africa has served as a catalyst for UAE-Africa economic cooperation and business exchange.

“The 2019 edition will highlight new high-potential areas where African companies can collaborate with their UAE counterparts to create new business opportunities and capitalize on existing trade and investment potential,” he noted.

Meanwhile, President returned to the country yesterday via the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County.

25 COMMENTS

  1. I wonder this idiot of a president still think he’s playing soccer. Has he realize the amount of stealing going on in his government to which he is also party to? I only blame Liberians for electing this buffoon from Clara town as president. They will stay long inside

      • Garyehwhalah, you are a silly fool and a realisticly idiotic nincompoop. Go back to school and learn your elementary past and present tenses before coming here to display your stupidity.

        That is, instead of expressing your thoughts in such broken english as “Has he realize the amount of …..”; you should write “Has he REALIZED…?.”.

        Next time, you must use “REALIZE” in the past tense, when expressing your stupid thoughts in such a context, Mr. Fool!

        Your very stupid behind ranting about someone from Clara Town becoming president.

        Did Charles Taylor not come from Arthington?

        You better close your stupid backside when you have nothing essential to offer or proffer, Mr. “Has he REALIZE?””

        • The Real Hard Truth…….I think before criticizing someone’s grammar in such a public forum, you should know better than the person when it comes to the Queen’s language.

          I made a mistake but in correcting me, you used “Realisticly” instead of Realistically. At least the word I used was spelled correctly, but yours was wrong in every context. But I am not here to teach you how to speak or write English, that should have been your English Teacher’s job in Elementary school. LOL

          You mentioned Charles Taylor……are you trying to compare a school drop-out dummy like Weah to Taylor? You must be the biggest joker in the Republic of Liberia. LOL. I am not a Charles Taylor fan my brother, but dummy Weah comes nowhere close to Taylor. Besides, you cannot compare a slum like Clara Town to Arthington, Mr. REALISTICLY. Hahahahahahahaha.

      • Bus2Nice, if I wanted to be a thief like our idiotic president, I would have been in and join the corrupt gravy train in Liberia. But I do not want to be a part of it, hence I am outside. stay in and enjoy the loots with the playboy president. LOL

    • Garyehwhalah, you are a silly fool and a realisticly idiotic nincompoop. Go back to school and learn your elementary past and present tenses before coming here to display your stupidity.

      That is, instead of expressing your thoughts in such broken english as “Has he realize the amount of …..”; you should write “Has he REALIZED…?.”.

      Next time, you must use “REALIZE” in the past tense, when expressing your stupid thoughts in such a context, Mr. Fool!

      Your very stupid behind ranting about someone from Clara Town becoming president.

      Did Charles Taylor not come from Arthington?

      You better close your stupid backside when you have nothing essential to offer or porffer, Mr. “Has he REALIZE?””

      • My brother, you did not say anything new. All you did was to repeat the same line, and insults. I won’t stoop low by insulting you. I have no qualms with you my brother, but do have a problem with the President of the Republic, because he has no clue as to what he’s doing.

        But then again, I don’t blame him. I blame Liberians for electing such a dummy. If you want to be a blind loyalist, go straight ahead. When it all goes wrong as the ship has started sinking, at least some of us would say, we saw the wrongs and we voiced our opinions on issues of national importance.

  2. Again fellow Liberians, president George Weah thinks he still playing football, comparing soccer playing with running a government. Setting himself up as being honest and fighting corruption. The business audience must have really look at our president as being foolish and seriously out of his mind by considering his administration as zero corruption tolerance when the word corruption is placard on the face of president George Weah. Did he really meant this or just another spine talk to mislead those that don’t know what factual happening in Liberia. Mr. Weah seems to lack the understanding and respect of his office as president of our republic. Wake up president Weah and lead our nation from the messed we are facing. Prosecute those that steel from Liberia regardless of friendship and partisans. Let declear war on corruption by labelling it as a “capital crime” which is punishable by capital punishment if found guilty. President Paul in Rawanda is not practising witchcraft or performing magic that putting his nation ahead, he is cracking down on corruption in every way one can ever imagine. Do you really think our lawmakers deserve the kind of salaries they presently received for working 2 days in a week, when the masses they are representing are barely surviving on $2 a day meal? This is just another form of corruption at the highest level of governance and something need to be done about it or Liberia is going nowhere. When last did you, president George Weah drove by road from Monrovia to Foya solomba or from Monrovia to grand Gedeh to see the suffering of the vase majorities travelling method?
    Just if we actually paid out the right salaries to our lawmakers and members of the judiciary circle, there will be surplus of public funds to maintained our rural roads and eventually pave them. Business can not be as usual president Weah if you want to help Liberia and Liberians to have a better life than before. Drastic measures must be put in places to combat the anti progressive ones that feel they deserve more than their share or they will steal. What standard of lifestyle do you really want for your fellow Liberians in your administration and leadership tenure? The answere remain yours and will be known by your actions.

  3. Thank you Mr. President. I know you will make your critics shame. You will be the best President ever in Liberia just how you became the world best footballer before.

  4. Congratulations Mr. President!
    Well spoken for Liberia. What a lobby!

    However, for those businessmen and women to come to Liberia and invest, they need to work with Liberians. What is the literacy rate of the country for which you are wooing investors? How many companies have come and gone?

    Work on your human capital Mr. President!

    • Haha, congratulations don’t pay salaries, does it? If you have an above average IQ, you would ask why investors are not coming to Liberia. and let me tell you why. The country has a very negative image internationally because of corruption and bad leadership by George Weah – that’s the reason. Why would investors risk their capital in LIberia when they can go to Ghana, or Ivory Coast, or Sierra Leone which are better governed than Liberia?

  5. Mr. President, you are really a BORN GOD-SENT LEADER for our country! We can see that you will build us a very great and prosperous nation!

      • Keep hoping and praying to God because this idiot and thief of a President will not do shit to improve your life. The government has a very negative image in the internationally community and that’s why no investors are coming to Liberia. You guys will pay the price for electing him. You need smart people to property run a country, not those dumb asses.

  6. Understanding all your plan talk more, ask for help since last year you been moving from country to country who has come here to invest?, pre weah you making us suffering days and nights .

  7. It is still clear to me that Mr. Weah doesn’t understand what it takes to run a business nor less a country. Do you understand profit and loss and that the major objectives of any firm is to make profits or minimize loses. What you need to do is focus on the infrastructure: adequate electricity, water, road network, and trained manpower, education, education,,education. Under you administration most children are hardly in school. What company will run a factory on generator? Or take days to bring in raw materials. How about tax incentives and duty free privileges. Providing visas is a non issue. How about good governance, rule of law, corruption, adequate healthcare when employees get sick from typhoid, malaria, etc. How about the market for the product? Think Mr. so called president. The government needs to create the environment that will attract investors. Business is not about giving, it is about making profit. Under your administration, Liberia is not there yet, because you have no clue. And because of your ineptitude, it will miss out a generation. The pain just started…

  8. Weah’s speech at the business conference in Dubai was to simply reiterate to the public who he was before his rise to presidential fame. He was a footballer in the literal sense of the word, and nothing else.

    One would imagine that he would have touted his record of experiences as an ambassador to the United Nations and ECOWAS and thus finally put to rest the haunting rumors that he was not a presidential material, and neither had the gravitas to become one. Moreover, his stints at the two international organizations were dismal. But instead, he chose the football-route explanation. Why did he choose that route anyway? Well, the man was being truthful to himself, his political party, and his supporters. Football had been his forte. It is what he had known to do best!

    So, Liberians will finally learn how an individual can apply the physical attributes of football to the grueling intellectual tasks of building a nation, especially one that is recovering from a tragic civil war, without the knowledge, proper experience and education.

    • George Weah has yet to get an official meeting with the President of the United States which is very important for a Liberian leader given America is our close ally. If Weah is such a good leader as he and his supporters claim, why is it so difficult to get a White House visit? The government hired an expensive firm in Washington D.C. to lobby on its behalf but so far, no White House visit. It tells you everything about this very corrupt, dysfunctional government under Weah. The entire government is corrupt including Weah. The man runs the country like its his personal property. He’s a failure.

  9. Wow! Can we as a people, discuss critical national issues free of profanity? I sincerely pray that our Creator will save our Nation and its gullible majority. In any case, my concern is this excerpts from President Weah’s public relations line in quotation reported by Daily Observer below.

    “He spoke of Liberia’s vast natural resources, including timber, iron ores, rubber, gold, diamonds, fertile soil and favorable climatic conditions, which he said are underpinned by his government’s anti-graft policy and zero tolerance for corruption.”

    I’m specifically perplexed by the story line of President Weah that his government has put in place solid foundation, including anti-graft policy and zero tolerance for corruption. Really? This statement is factually inaccurate and misleading. This CDC’s Government cannot account for US 25m and 16b Liberian Dollars and President Weah has the audacity to claim that his government has put in place measures to contain and curb corruption? Interestingly, the very people who are responsible for the disappearance of the people’s money are the juries and judges in the so-called investigation of the missing money. With this level of ineptitude and criminal facilitation, Liberia is going no where and corruption will continue to thrive to higher heights.

    • Dear tonyleewaye2013

      Thanks for your observations. However, we need to uphold our young democracy and do the following two things:
      – Hold the government accountable for every sleazy governance and transaction. Let’s keep our eyes wide open. Demand accountability, basic infrastructure, the upliftment of the livelihood of our people as was promised and draw attention to all ills until the next elections in 2023.
      – Whilst stay vigilant, it’s high time we came together under the leadership of Alexander B. Cummings to devise strategies in every sector of our economy, earmark resources to be dispensed, identify the resourceful human capital and begin spreading our ideals to our people in every hamlet, village, town and city of Liberia. Now is the time.

      The profanity will NEVER go away. The people in power and their supporters do not have the appropriate vocabulary to defend themselves. They will always resort to that, don’t blame them.

      Peace

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