Friday, December 13, 2013 10:01
Veep Boakai Assures Liberian Businesses...As Sam Barbeque Opens Fast Food Center
Story by Morrison O.G. Sayon
Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has assured Liberian businesses that the Unity Party Government will continue to support small and medium size Liberian businesses to enable Liberia control its own economy.
Speaking over the weekend when he served as Keynote speaker at ceremony marking the official opening of Sam's Barbeque Fast Food Bar & Restaurant in Monrovia, Veep Boakai noted that government's support to Liberian businesses is not that of a lip service but a concrete action that will empower Liberian businessmen and women.
He assured the Management of Sam's Barbeque that government remains committed to ensuring that Liberia develops entrepreneur s who will take over the economy of the country. Veep Boakai called on other Liberians to emulate the good example of Mr. Sam Mitchell saying the UP government would like to see lots of Liberians in business to sustain the economy and empower other Liberians.
Also Speaking, the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Dr. J. Mills Jones said to invest in Liberia indicates that the investor has explicit confidence in the future of the country. Dr. Jones assured that the CBL will remain a true partner and friend with the private sector.
The CBL boss then called on Liberia's partners to support Liberian businesses adding that the CBL will continue its support to Liberian-owned businesses. He called on government to develop concrete policies that will support Liberian businesses across the country.
Earlier the proprietor of Sam's Barbeque Fast Food Bar & Restaurant, Sam Mitchell disclosed that the restaurant is part of a larger hotel complex which when completed will be the second largest building on the Boulevard with ten floors, 125 bedrooms and two elevators, constructed on a family property.
Mr. Mitchell noted, “What is also significant about this project is that it is 100 percent Liberian ownership, 100 percent Liberian funded and 100 percent Liberian constructed.”He then lauded the International Bank (IB) for providing temporary funding at the critical movements in the project and later collaborating with the CBL in their stimulus package for Liberian businesses, making loans available only to Liberian businesses at eight percent and payment over 30 months.
“We thank the CBL Governor, Mills Jones and his institution; it could not have come at a better time,” Mitchell noted. He then lauded the UP government for creating the conducive, enabling environment for doing business adding, “And as I stand here today I can tell you that I have achieved more in business in the past six years than I have done in the rest of my life.”
Among other things Mr. Mitchell noted, “President Sirleaf has stated on numerous occasions that the indigenous private sector is the engine of growth, and I believe that you Vice President Boakai have also iterated those same sentiments and she has even gone further and stated that she wants to create some Liberian millionaires during her tenure. I'm therefore, kindly asking you Vice President Boakai to please tell President Sirleaf that I want to be one of those millionaires, but I want to become one now and not when I'm dead, therefore, we are asking her to please increase her support to Liberian businesses.”