The President of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA), Mr. Dee-Maxwell Kemayah, has blasted the Government of Liberia (GOL) for the manner and fashion in which it is treating indigenous Liberian businesses.
Mr. Kemayah said Liberian Businesses are not being treated well in terms of getting contracts from the government and noted that nothing is being done to promote the indigenous businesses.
Speaking minutes after LIBA corps of officers were inducted into office at the Paynesville City hall last Saturday, Mr. Kemayah, noted after attracting an investment package of US$16bn, nothing can be seen by Liberians that these investments are practically impacting the lives of the people.
“With closed to US$16bn investment in a country of some 3.5 million people, I think one should see some visible sign of improvement but nothing can be seen. Look around the streets and you will not see any improvement in the lives of the people,” the LIBA President said.
He said the Government of Liberia has from time to time promised to seek the interest of Liberian businesses but such a promise cannot be seen into action for the growth of the indigenous private sector. “We have to struggle for contracts over our foreign competitors,” he added.
Mr. Kemayah said sometimes ago, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Finance promised to give most of its contracts up to 25 percent to only Liberian owned businesses but as of today, he noted that the government has not given one percent of such contracts to Liberians.
He vowed to engage the relevant state owned entities during his next term of office to change things around.
Mr. Kemayah whose administration has transformed LIBA from a Monrovia based organization to one that is currently present in all parts of the country promised to make LIBA more functional for the growth of the indigenous private sector.
He noted that his administration has made amendment to LIBA’s constitution to enable the full participation of head of LIBA from the 15 political sub-division of the country.
Also addressing the officers of LIBA, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Sie-NyeneYouh lauded efforts being made by the LIBA in the advancement of a strong Liberia business class.