Pres. Weah Dialogues with Diaspora Liberians

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Pres. Weah poses with Liberians from the Diaspora Photo Credit: Executive Mansion

Yesterday, Thursday, January 3, 2019, President George Weah hosted nearly 300 Liberians at his Jamaica Resort in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, and held an “exciting interactive dialogue” with them on various issues of national concerns, an Executive Mansion release has said.

According to the release, the visitors spoke of a range of issues, including trade and commerce, dual citizenship and foreign diplomacy.

They implored the President to cultivate close relationship with Liberian diaspora citizens in order to make them a part of government’s development agenda.

The President, the release said, praised the visiting Liberians for taking off time to see him during their season vacations.

He then encouraged them to remain engaged with his government and the people of Liberia in sustaining national peace and improving the well-being of the citizenry.

He pledged government’s support to all Liberians, including those in the diaspora, particularly citizens wishing to invest in the economy of the country.

The President reiterated his commitment to empower Liberians to fully participate, and not be spectators, in the economy of their own country.

President Weah used the occasion to promise equal opportunity for all Liberians, in spite of their localities to participate in the development of their country.

On the issue of dual citizenship, the President informed the visitors that he had already submitted a bill to the Legislature on the matter, promising to give it a push for its final passage into law when lawmakers return to work in the coming weeks.

He assured the diaspora visitors of his fullest support and promised to include everyone in the rebuilding process of the country.

Weah expressed government’s willingness to empower Liberian entrepreneurs to build factories and other companies for the good of the country.

He challenged the groups to take advantage of the government’s offers in order to compete with foreign investors.

The President’s visitors included representatives from the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas and the European Liberian Federation Association. Others came from South Sudan, Ghana, Australia, United Arab Emirates and the Scandinavian countries.

The meeting was organized by the President, to solicit the views of Liberians living in the diasporas on Liberia’s development process.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the leadership, President Weah. People here have dragged this dual citizenship thing too long. Even the supreme court heard a case in 2017 on dual citizenship and has failed to give a ruling. It makes no sense that in this day and age people will attack their brothers and sisters in the diaspora for dual citizenship.

  2. When the Truth and ReconciliationCommissioners’ Report is fully implemented, the issue of dual citizenship and whole lot pf issues will be addressed. Many Liberians escaped the courntry due to war to settle in foreign nations and took on up citizenship for economic survival. According to the TRC, Liberians should be welcome back home without it appearing that President Weah is doing a favor for Liberians seeking dual citizenship.

    Time for President Weah to fully implement the TRC Report to bring about positive change in the nation and protect the rights of local Liberians.

    • Lovetta Tugbeh,
      You are entitled to your opinion, but I think that you are missing the point.
      The issue is not about, “President Weah doing a favor for Liberians seeking dual citizenship.”
      What some of us do appreciate, is the fact that we have the fullest support of His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, in our quest for dual citizenship.
      According to the report that we are discussing, President Weah met with “nearly 300 Liberians.” For your information, the issue of TRC Report did not form part of the discussion.

  3. This is DEEP to hear and see that President Weah is opening the door for us AFRIKANS in America to come home and BUILD as well as become a duel citizen. I’m surprised the UNIA-ACL wasn’t present.

  4. Weah is the man we need. There is no reason to marginalize your fellow Liberians in the diaspora as foreigners. With the Weah led administration, every thing will be ok. God bless Liberia and May God also bless our President, Dr. George Manneh Saye Koze Gbekugbeh Weah

  5. A wise person once said, “We can accomplish almost anything within our ability if we but think that we can! Every great achievement in this world was first carefully thought out: think …but to a purpose. Think as you listen. Think as you travel and your eyes reveal new situations. Think as you work daily at your desk, or in the field, or while strolling. Think to rise and improve your place in life. There can be no advancement or success without serious thought.”

    Similarly, Liberians at home working cooperatively with Liberians in the diaspora can accomplish almost anything within our ability if we, as Liberians, but think that we can. There are too many Liberians and descendants of Liberians (children & grandchildren) living overseas with relevant skills that could be harnessed for the development of Liberia.

    These Overseas Liberians are the economic lifeblood, the key drivers, of Liberia’s economy through countless remittances to family members back home in Liberia. It’s time for our leaders to devise thoughtful strategies to encourage Liberians in the diaspora to participate in boosting Liberia’s economic development. This could be done, by making it easier for Liberians living overseas to have special visa waiver that could make it expedient for Liberians to come back to Liberia to visit or to do business in Liberia.

    Also, the numbers of Liberians living overseas have grown exponentially over the last 30 years. It’s about time to establish an Overseas Liberian Affairs Office at the Foreign Ministry to help coordinate exit and entry of Liberians travelling to and from Liberia for business/economic purposes. No one knows when Liberians living in the diaspora will ever be granted dual citizenship. However dual citizenship of Liberians living in the diaspora has greater potential for social and economic benefits toward the development of Liberia.

    Let’s look at China for example: China realizes that the large Chinese population living overseas has the capacity to help China speed up its economic development. Therefore, China is making use of this valuable human resource by establishing “The Overseas Chinese Affairs Office” in most of its provinces to help Chinese in the Diaspora assimilate in China and to help Chinese living overseas who are willing to do business in China.

    These thoughtful economic strategies continue to propel China rapid development unlike Liberia that continues to create barriers in making it difficult for Overseas Liberians to do business in Liberia.
    How will Liberia develop rapidly, when Liberian doctors, administrators, economists, scientists, engineers, professors, builders, technologists, technicians, machinists, entrepreneurs, bankers, nurses, foresters, agriculturists, contractors, etc, are all plying their skills overseas?

    A photo op (photo opportunity) with President Weah is meaningless to the development of Liberia until our leaders come up with sound policies to utilize the vast talents of Liberians living both at home and abroad.

    As the wise person said, “There can be no advancement or success (in Liberia) without serious thought.”

  6. I don’t think dual citizenship is the only way that will make you do business in Liberia. Also I think doing business in any country comes with a requirements and when you meet the requirements, there’s no problem. The requirements to do business in Liberia is not dual citizenship pls. I’m 100% for dual citizenship,because if Liberia allows other nationals to be Liberians by paper. Don’t for those still have first citizenship. So denying Liberians dual citizenship is wrong in my view.

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