On Wednesday Evening while visiting a friend on Front Street, a few Liberian business owners, petty traders, etc pleaded with Minister Tweah to allow them to have a discussion as to abreast him with few challenges they are faced with.
They outlined many challenges, most importantly the lack of Storage Facilities and the huge fees Charge at the National Port Authority, something they considered as an embarrassment which is causing a lot of them to go out of business.
They also complain that businesses that should be done only by Liberian according to the law are been done by foreigners.
In his response, Minister Tweah said that it was good that he had much interaction with them which had put him in the position to understand the realities of what they are going through. He acknowledged that as a government, they need to do more for Liberian businesses.
He said that the part of the business laws of Liberia that prohibit foreigners from doing businesses designated for Liberian only are undermined by Liberians who are registering businesses for foreigners in their name which he claimed has made it difficult for the government to identify and prosecute foreigners who are doing these businesses.
He promised to make it his responsibility to interacts with Liberian entrepreneurs in order to identify and find solutions to the problems, assuring them that the government will take practical steps to solve these problems.
He also promised to hold meetings with his colleagues and they will then organize a meeting with the Business Owners and Petty Traders to collectively look into their challenges in order to find a remedy that will enable them to run their businesses freely.
The Minister was impressed to see and hear the story of a lady who started a cold-water business six-year ago with $100 Liberian, according to the lady, her business is now value at $200 United State Dollars due to her effort put in. In an appreciation for her effort toward her business, Minister Tweah invested $200 United State Dollars into her business