In an effort to realize the commitment by President George Manneh Weah in promoting Liberian businesses, the Paynesville Business Association (PBA) is appealing to the Liberian Government under President Weah to enforce the Liberianization policy.
Sheik Y. Jalloh, PBA President
The Liberianization policy among other things give exclusive rights to Liberians to certain businesses and protect them in other aspects in the country.
Addressing journalists recently in Paynesville city outside Monrovia, the president of the Paynesville Business Association (PBA), Sheik Y. Jalloh commended the Liberian Government of President Weah so far but called for the full implementation of the Liberianization policy which gives exclusive rights and special treatment to Liberian businesses.
According to Jalloh, if the Liberianization policy is fully implemented, Liberians will be allowed to be on path with their foreign counterparts and control their own economy.
Prior to the ascendancy of President Weah to the highest seat in the land, there were some constraints facing Liberian businesses, the group commended President George Manneh Weah for his timely intervention in alleviating some of the difficulties they are facing.
It can be recalled President Weah and key stakeholders in the business sector held a meeting with cross sections of business organizations, most especially importers.
Jalloh said during the meeting, series of concerns were raised by the business organizations including APM Terminal’s abrupt change in the number of days goods are kept in the Port (from Twenty-one days to Five days); high storage charge; high bills levied by customs officers, payment of taxes in United States dollars, among others.
President George Weah as part of efforts to timely address the challenges faced by Liberian Importers immediately instructed the LRA to waive all fines imposed on importers for failing to comply with the set guidelines and regulations of the Liberia Revenue Authority.
Meanwhile, the liberian leader has reportedly instructed the Liberia Revenue Authority to accept the payment of taxes in Liberian dollars and reduce bureaucracy in order to allow importers to be prompt in clearing their goods at port.