UAE Delegation Arrives to Assess Investment Prospects

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UAE 'investors' meet with Nathaniel McGill and Gbehzohngar Findley.

A high-powered delegation of investors from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in Liberia to explore various investment opportunities in support of President George Manneh Weah’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).

According to a statement from the Liberia National Investment Commission, at least 22 top executives from UAE’s public and private sectors arrived Saturday, April 6, 2019 and began exchanging notes with their Liberian counterparts toward identifying critical areas of support to the Government and people of Liberia.

Sectors of interest to the visitors include political and capacity building, agriculture, health and small- and-medium enterprises (SMEs). Other sectors include road connectivity and infrastructure, education and energy.

During a reception meeting at President Weah’s Jamaica Resort in Paynesville City, the visiting investors and their Liberian counterparts broke into small sectorial group meetings for acquaintance and briefing.

Technical staff and officials from the National Investment Commission, Ministries of Agriculture, Commerce and Industry, Health, Education and the Liberia Electricity Corporation, amongst others were available for sector-specific presentations.

Earlier, the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel Farlo McGill and Foreign Affairs Minister Milton Gbehzohngar Findley, thanked the visitors for coming to Liberia. They assured the UAE investors of Government’s cooperation during their stay and in their subsequent investment endeavors to Liberia.

The visitors, under the guidance of their hosts, are making field trips Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Montserrado and nearby counties to assess investment prospects and acquaint themselves with challenges of sectors under discussion.

President George Manneh Weah led a team of Liberian government officials on a weeklong state visit in the UAE and secured commitment of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who is the son of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first President of the UAE.

The UAE authority had promised President Weah during the visit of their unflinching support to his development agenda by mobilizing the appropriate public and private sector actors to explore varying investment opportunities in Liberia.

Barely two weeks after President Weah and delegation returned, the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince manifested the urgency and seriousness of his promise by dispatching 22 top business executives and members of his government to come to Liberia and find areas for possible investments.

The delegation, which is headed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said during the reception meeting they were making the 2-day visit upon the mandate of the Crown Prince, pursuant to his promise to help President Weah achieve his development vision for Liberia.

The Assistant Minister for International Affairs, Sultan Al Shamsi, said his team is diverse in its purpose and firm to deliver on their mandate of identifying viable investment opportunities that will create jobs, fight poverty and build capacity in Liberia.

He said individual groups of the delegation are interested in port development and expansion, agricultural production with emphasis on food security, road connectivity and support to education and health.

His Excellency Al Shamsi said his team’s visit to Liberia would allow his government and UAE private sector spot firsthand critical areas of development support that President Weah and his government desire urgent intervention in.

8 COMMENTS

  1. This is good news for Liberia, but will individual interest stand in the way? Mr. President , your Hon . Please don’t let greedy government officials be the problem for investment . I love you and I love Liberia łet’s put Liberia first, not greedy government officicals whom you think will help you, but are the problem .
    May God bless Liberia.

  2. Mr. Kopia

    You are right Mr. Kopia. Nonetheless, the problem is not the, “greedy government officials” whom you alluded to.

    The problem is Weah, himself. For example: If I were to walk in a workplace environment, and I hear people cursing, fighting, and disrespecting each other on the job, to whom will I first point my finger? I will first point my finger to the manager of that workplace. Why? The task of setting the pace of what the environment is going to look and feel like first, lies in the hands of the manager.

    If the manager is tolerant of using abusive language on the job, one would discover 99% of most instances, that his values would reflect on the workers and consequently make that workplace a hostile one to work in. What happens in the workplace is a reflection of the manager’s values.

    So, it is with President Weah. If Weah would have stayed on course and pursued those promises that he made during the campaign period, his lieutenants (ministers and government functionaries) would have followed along. Instead, he chose to follow the bad precedent of some past administrations. And so his officials are directly replicating his values and following right along. If one must successfully lead, then he must lead by example.

    Here is one doubt that I have. And that is, how will the UAE invest in the educational sector of Liberia? My question is predicated on the fact that they are an Arab speaking nation while many of our direct investment partners are Anglophone nations.Will the core curriculum in our schools and colleges be translated into the Arabic language? Other than the UAE injecting funds into the system and exercising a hands-off approach, I do not see how they can substantially impact Liberia’s educational sector.

    Anyway, time will tell.

  3. If the “INVESTORS” mean “BUSINESS, let it be “REAL” business; nothing else. Please separate “RELIGIOUS IDEOLOGIES” from everything else. Worship as you please. But. Please do 👎 not impose your “RELIGIOUS DOCTRINE” on any Liberian. The poor in their desperation will/may easily go for the “BAIT”. The consequences may “ABSOLUTELY” be detrimental…

  4. Kopia and Right To Be Anonymous have valid points.
    Kopia is anti government officials who are often found in the barrel of corruption. You can’t blame the guy at all. Corruption in Liberia is well and alive. It must be stopstopped by all means. Sadly, Weah can’t stop it all by himself. But I am sure he will try.

    Like Kopia, the honorable Right To Be Anonymous or (RiTBA,…Right is a shortened form of Ri) is concerned about Arab investment in Liberia’s public schools. Yeah. I am kind of hesitant to endorse that concept immediately.
    Why? Well because I am not sure whether Islamic religion will be taught in our struggling public schools.

    But, let’s not forget that Chinese and French languages are being taught at some of our schools. Maybe the thinking is well, if foreign languages are being taught throughout Liberia, why not teach Arabic or a few religion courses?

    Speaking For Myself;
    I will accept Arabic to be taught. But if religion is the interior motive, we are headed for trouble.
    On the other hand, there are Catholic, Baptist, Methodist and Episcopalian institutions in Liberia. They’ve been there since the early days of the Republic. Of course, Moslems were there also. So why not? There are mainstream Islamic Liberians, Islamic Liberian scholars, doctors, Islamic sport enthusiasts, etc. Maybe it’s time for Islamic parochial schools, if they’re not there. (I don’t know. It’s been years since I left Liberia. I left Liberia before Tolbert’s assassination!) High schools such as Ricks, CWA, are Christian-dominated institutions. It won’t hurt to have a few Islamic operated schools.

    Let’s not jump the guns. We thank the Arab investors for their help that’s in the pipeline.

  5. Hahahahaha.. I m laughing at Mr. Henry Freeman’s comment. It sounds very ISLAMOPHOBIC. Mr. Freeman, you need to be afraid of yourself, but do not put fear in other Liberians. I was born and grew up in Liberia. I went to Public Schools all my life. We use to say DEVOTION in Christian PRAYERS in those schools. No one ever said that someone is forcing us to be a Christian. Public schools are funded by tax payers money.

    Everyone in Liberia pay tax: Poro man, Sande Woman, Bodeo (South Eastern Society) man, other people with no religious base, etc taxes fund government entities. But yet still, when we all meet, Christian prayers are said. Do these other group complain?

    The Constitution of Liberia did not mention any dominant State Religion. Your fear of Islam is limiting you as a Liberian, and you are spreading your thinking to other Liberians. Pretty soon they will believe in your mindless thought. Your fear is limiting you and others that think like you. The same thought that marginalized other Liberians in the past. They have to change their names, affiliations and social status. It is an ARCHAIC SYSTEM that kept Liberia in the dark for long gone years.

    If you are smart enough, you and others that think like you, will be afraid of the TURBAN WEARING Saudis, their PETROL DOLLARS , that keeps the American ECONOMIC up, which is causing you and others to run across the sea.

    Cheap politics and fear, will only keep our people missed-educated and missed informed, like what it has done in the past, and keep them poor and poor.

    Information is power and wealth. You and others that think like you, are in the business of miss informing our people. This automatically set a stage for perpetual poverty.

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  6. A wise person once said, “Leadership is action, not position.”

    Liberia’s problem is more than just financial! Not until Liberia leaders realize that Liberia’s backwardness are mostly intrinsic (deep-rooted, ingrained) than extrinsic (external, superficial), then, no amount of petrol dollars from oil rich Arab Nation like the UAE would magically fix Liberia’s systemic problems.

    Investing in Liberia without Liberian leaders seriously dealing with these cancerous issues of our sick society that are keeping our nation from progressing is like this idiomatic expression which goes like this: Liberian leaders are bringing in these rich Arabs to put all their money into Liberia similar to putting a “Square peg in a round hole”.

    Liberia has deep systematic problems. If these systematic problems: corruption, tribalism which creates a subtle form of ethnic discrimination, marginalization (haves vs. have-not), wasteful spending, disunity, infighting, decline in moral values, wickedness, mob violence, lack of security, disregard for the rule of law, high level of promiscuity among the youths, drug addiction, drunkenness, debilitating centralized government, over-bloated bureaucratic government, overpaid government officials but poorly functioning government system, mass incarceration of the poor without fair trial, lack of equal opportunity, the imperial presidency syndrome, blind party loyalists, the abuse of power, lack of national self-sufficiency plan to cut down of importation of basic necessities, ridiculously long Congressional and Presidential term-limit in office, not prioritizing valued added education like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), etc. etc., are not urgency dealt with, it would be difficult for any leader to move Liberia forward despite any good intentions of seeking foreign investment for Liberia.

    Remember Mr. President, “Leadership involves remembering past mistakes, doing analysis of today’s achievements, and having a well-grounded imagination in visualizing the problems of the future” as the wise person would say.

  7. Correction: PETROL DOLLARS, that keeps.
    Should be: PETROL DOLLARS, that keep.
    Third person singulars, subject verb agreement.

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