By Morrison O.G. Sayon
The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Commerce & Industry has taken a giant step in boosting local products on the Liberian market.
The Ministry of Commerce has announced the launch of the National Trade Store intended to boost local products. Disclosing this following an acquaintance meeting with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai yesterday, Commerce Minister, AxelAddy said the National Trade Store will be launched on Thursday in Monrovia.
Minister Addy said the National Trade Store will be a market place that will be established to deal with local Liberian products. He said Liberian Small-Middle Enterprises (SME) will showcase their products at the Liberian Trade Store. On Monday, Vice President Joseph Boakai held an acquaintance meeting with officials of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and toured facilities of the Ministry including the National Standard Laboratory at the Public Works Ministry.
During the meeting, Minister Addy informed VeepBoakai about achievements and challenges facing the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and called for government’s continuous support in moving the ministry forward.
He informed VeepBoakai of the rebranding process of the ministry disclosing that staff of the ministry are benefiting from all projects including. Officials of the ministry said they have acquired some nine offices in rural Liberia and has settled a US$85,000 debt.
Authorities of the department of MSME at the Commerce Ministry disclosed that it succeeded in establishing the Lofa Women Center and entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at which time the Ministry organized street traders, and formalized 84 from the informal.
The department further disclosed that it has also trained 50 SME, locally and internationally. The Bureau of Trade Services also said it has launched the National Trade Policy and the national Export Strategy and has at the same time established the Import Permit Center at the Ministry of Commerce, among others.
The Ministry boasted of the establishment of the Flour Licensing program to produce flour and also the establishment of licensing program.
Responding, Vice President Boakai welcomed the many achievements by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and called for teamwork at the Ministry. VeepBoakai said every employee must be given equal opportunity to perform for the betterment of the Ministry and the entire country.
The Liberian Vice President reminded officials of the Ministry that the Commerce Ministry is one of the Government’s key ministries in the country and as such it must begin to embark on ‘training programs’ for local producers.
He reminded officials of the Ministry that whatsoever is done by an individual must be done in the interest of the country. He then called on Liberians interested in the industry to produce quality materials and also called on the Ministry to assist those who have talent in industrial areas.
VeepBoakai called on the Commerce Ministry to invest in local people who are contributing in industrial areas to enable them produce quality furniture and other materials. He also reminded the Ministry of its herculean responsibility in ensuring that quality materials and goods be on the Liberian market.