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US$40M Investment, Finance & Trade Project Launched In Liberia

President George M. Weah, with funding from the World Bank in the tune of US$40 million, has launched a major finance and trade project geared towards improving Liberia’s investment climate.

The project which was launched on yesterday, March 7, 2023, is being implemented by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), and is also crucial for jobs creation as well as the economic empowerment of the citizenry.

Officially launching the project, the Liberian leader stated that it was a further demonstration of his Government’s commitment to making groundbreaking reforms across all sectors of the country’s economy, with support from donors and development partners.

He stressed, “I believe this support continues to be given more frequently and in greater magnitudes because my administration continues to exhibit fiscal discipline and financial prudence in the implementation of these projects.”

According to him, the LIFT-P is intended to improve Liberia’s investment climate, expand access to finance, and increase the efficiency of trade, noting that the project will also incorporates features that seek to address gaps that have been identified between men and women with respect to their participation in economic activities in the Liberian economy.

President George M. Weah delivering his remark during the launching of the LIFT-P

The Liberian Leader explained that the project will monitor the extent to which activities are contributing towards closing gender gaps by measuring, among other things, the number of women-led Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who will get trained under the program; the number of women-led SMEs that will get a loan through the project; and the number of National Single Window users who are women.

President Weah emphasized that the Project is to assist with the facilitation of private investment, trade, and access to finance, support activities organized under three complementary components, such as Investment Climate and Trade; SME Access to Markets and Finance, and Digital Financial Services infrastructure.

He maintained that there would also be a fourth component for project management: monitoring and evaluation, as well as contingency emergency response, indicating, “With the procurement of a new digital platform for the Liberia Business Registry under this Project, I am also informed that the challenges faced with the registration of businesses and renewal of certificates will soon be over, as new businesses will now be able to be registered within a matter of hours, something which currently takes weeks to complete.”

Members of the Diplomatic Corps

President Weah stressed that the project should considerably enhance the ease-of-doing-business index for Liberia, indicating that he was also informed that the LIFT-P Project would support the National Single Window and the provision of a National Electronic Payment Switch.

“These new trading platforms will allow you to transact your business online, even if you are in your village or out of this country, and make instant payments between banks,” he said.

Liberia’s Commerce Minister Mawine G. Diggs

This, according to the President, is part of the promise he made in his inaugural oration in 2018 that the Liberian people would not be mere spectators within their own economy, meaning that the government would have to create the enabling environment to enable them to contribute meaningfully and participate fully in every aspect of business, trade, and commerce.

He also expressed optimism that the success of the project would inspire the World Bank to commit more resources in support of Liberia’s national development plan, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.

Liberia Business Association (LIBA) president, James Strutter

President Weah then thanked the World Bank Group for its continuous engagement and support to Liberia while also extolling all those who have worked, particularly Commerce Minister Mawine G. Diggs, who chairs the National Project Steering Committee for the LIFT-P Project.

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