President George Weah has said it was important for the Liberian Business community to have a business-friendly atmosphere so that the financial problems and challenges being faced by Liberians can be overcome, a release from the Executive Mansion has said.
According to the release, the President spoke on Tuesday, April 24, when he met with the leadership of the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL) at his Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia.
The essence of the meeting was to acquaint the President with prevailing challenges faced by the business community as the government seeks to create a conducive business-friendly climate for its citizens, especially business people.
President Weah expressed the belief that the high tariff in Liberia was causing serious problem for the common people, and therefore, assured the business community that his office will do everything to ease the problem at the Free Port of Monrovia.
He then lauded PATEL for not taking the law into their hands, but to “approach the issue with love for country and a sense of reasoning.”
Weah added, “I understand the frustration you face when your containers are brought into the country, to the extent that they are opened, while you are absent from the Port when some of your goods are reportedly missing.”
He however promised to ensure these problems are taken care of in the shortest possible time.
As an initial intervention, the President has promised to waive all penalties they have incurred on overstayed goods/containers, and also pay their taxes in Liberian dollars, instead of paying them in the US dollars only.
PATEL president Dominic Nimely, thanked President Weah for his concern and for listening to them as a father of the nation.
“It was important to see a leader who will at all times be willing to listen to his people when they have problem like ours,” Mr. Nimely told the President, adding that the group will wait on the time he promised because they believe in him.
Madam Helena Dukuly, PATEL secretary expressed gratitude to the President for the quick intervention, and cautioned her colleagues to remain calm as the problem will surely be solved since the President has promised to do all within his power to resolve the challenges faced by PATEL.