The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gbehzohnzar M. Findley, has called on ambassadors and consul generals of Liberia to use their position in the Foreign Service to attract direct investment opportunities in the country.
Minister Findley said if that is done it will enhance the country’s partnership and cooperation as well as bilateral agreements with other countries around the world.
He made the statement yesterday at the end of a one-day retreat for Honorary Consul Generals across the globe as well as key Ministries and Agencies of Government, held in Monrovia.
The Minister also admonished them to develop a practical roadmap aimed at enhancing Liberian foreign policy drive as a conduit of the Pro-Poor Agenda, which is intended to seek the welfare and reduce poverty among the downtrodden masses.
The event was held under the Theme: “The Role of Honorary Consul in Stimulating Government’s Pro-Poor Development Agenda.”
The forum develops a platform through which Honorary Consul Generals abroad will determine viable strategies to deepen engagements with host governments and private sectors within their jurisdictions.
“The progress of this government depends on you. You have to perform your role diligently by attracting foreign direct investment that will bring about economic growth. This will indeed support the President’s development agenda, which is the pro-poor,” he said.
River Gee County Senator Commany B. Wesseh, Co-chair, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also called on honorary consuls to play a role out there.
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs has stated it very clearly that, particularly when we are in the economic war to make sure that the lives of our people are felt and that is we meant by pro-poor,” Senator Wesseh said.
Furthermore, participants at the retreat focus on critical development priorities such as trade, technical and logistical assistance for Liberia, as well as to accelerate government’s efforts to operationalize existing bilateral and multilateral agreements for speedy economic growth and recovery.