Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has challenged local producers to manufacture value-added goods.
Speaking yesterday at the launch of the Made in Liberia Trade Store in Monrovia, Veep Boakai said consumers have long yearned for standardization in the Liberian marketplace saying that the launch of the Made in Liberia Trade Store will help to build the confidence of the consumer public.
Veep Boakai said the Ministry of Commerce has greater potential to create opportunities for locally made goods to reach other markets and at the same time create jobs locally.
Amb. Boakai said the launch of the ‘Made in Liberia’ Trade Store demonstrates the level of commitment and dedication of government to the growth and development of the entrepreneurial capacity.
The Liberian Vice President added that this will also enhance the performance of local products in the market place and play a major role in the well-being of the citizens.
He then challenged producers of the Liberian produce to manufacture value-added goods that engender employment opportunity. He added, “Our economy is crawling out of the hit it suffered at the hands of the Ebola scourge; let us together resolve to maintain our focus.”
Yesterday, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry in collaboration with the enhanced Integrated Framework National Implementation Unit officially launched the “Made in Liberia Trade Store” at the Liberian Marketplace on 3rd Street Sinkor.
The Liberian Marketplace is an initiative of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, in collaboration with the Enhanced Integrated Framework in Geneva with additional support from the government of Japan through the Liberia Innovation Fund initiative as well as Firestone, and Chevron-Liberia.
In keeping with its rebranding agenda to foster inclusive and equitable growth, all commodities exhibited in the Liberian Marketplace are products made in Liberia by Liberian entrepreneurs. The initiative creates linkages between Liberian suppliers and buyers by nurturing new opportunities for partnerships while building capacity of MSMEs to meet quality standards.