The leadership of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) in partnership with the Liberia Business Association (LIBA) on Saturday, December 8, for the first time, held a one day trade fair aimed at promoting ‘Made In Liberia’ products.
The occasion, which took place in central Monrovia brought together dozens of entrepreneurs from around the country and was graced by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Professor Wilson K. Tarpeh, who appeared excited and applauded the initiative by the leadership of both the Liberia Chamber of Commerce and the Liberia Business Association.
Minister Tarpeh assured the Liberian business community of government’s fullest support in the growth and development of the business sector.
He disclosed that the government is currently working out plans to release the amount of US$1 million for the growth of the sector, and further noted that it is the concern of the government headed by President George Manneh Weah to assist the Liberian business community in solidifying its effort in its respective drive.
The president of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, J. Wendell Addy on behalf of the Liberian business community craved for more support from the Liberian government, noting that Liberian owned businesses are struggling and needed the support of the central government for the growth of the sector. “We are seeking the support of the Government to make this work,” Mr. Addy said.
According to him, one of LCC’s recent exposures of Liberia’s locally made products abroad was the just ended AGOA Trade Fair in the United States where dozens of Liberians were opportune for the first time to be a part of such international event.
Mr. Addy said another opportunity for local producers is the upcoming Cairo Trade Fair where again Liberian local producers are expected to form part of this great event to publicly put on the display of Liberian homemade products.
James M. Strother, President of the LIBA, also expressed his gratitude to his members who turned out for the street selling fair and assured them that this exercise will be a regular event in order to promote Liberian made products to the public.
He disclosed that over ten local producers turned out with various homemade products, including food, drinks, clothing, and other household materials that were put on display with the amazement of many Liberians and foreigners who came over to buy or take a look at the ‘Made In Liberia’ products.
Mr. Strother said since the ascendancy of the current leadership of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC), headed by J. Wendell Addy as its president, the interest of Liberian businesses has always been the paramount concern of his administration, and cementing cordial relationship with all stakeholders, including LIBA, the Lebanese and Indian business associations and the National Investment Commission (NIC).