THE ISSUE OF ATTACKING foreign companies in the country is sending a very bad image to the international community, despite the government’s drive to encourage foreign investors to come and invest into the country.
ALMOST ALL the foreign companies, particularly in the rural parts of the country, have been affected by the unwarranted actions of citizens. For instance, Sime Darby, Arcelor Mittal, Golden Veroleum, MNG Gold, Bea Mountain, China Union among others have all been affected by demonstrations from citizens that would have been resolved amicably.
IF FOREIGN INVESTORS will be encouraged to come into the country, we must now begin to act as civilized people by protecting the investments of those that are already in the country. What signal will it send to the outside world if the those that are here are not protected. Even if any company should contemplate to move it, they would like to see what level of protection those on the ground are receiving
WITH THE LATEST BARBARIC SITUATION at the operational area of MNG Gold where citizens destroyed the properties of the company and further looted, it’s now time the government to take some fundamental steps to ensure investors and their investments are well protected at all times.
ALREADY those foreign companies have repeatedly alarmed over the alleged lack of protection from the Liberian Government and such uncivilized actions from some citizens will signal a bad picture of the country that we are not business friendly.
PRESIDENT GEORGE WEAH must be reminded that during his inaugural speech on January 22, 2018, he assured all foreign investors that they would be protected at all times as serious partners to his government.
WE THINK the image of this government may dwindle if nothing is done to protect the foreign businesses especially those in the rural parts of the country.
IT IS TRUE SOME of those companies have some lapses which is normal, but should be addressed in a civilized way that will encourage more investors to come.
LET THOSE ARRESTED in the latest demonstrations in Bong County that led to the destruction and looting of MNG Gold have their days in court and those found culpable be prosecuted and serve as deterrent for others.
THE GOVERNMENT OF LIBERIA ALONE cannot employ the entire citizens, we must be aware that those companies are helping to create more employment opportunities and stop us from relying on government for everything.
All well-meaning Liberians must be embarrassed and disappointed in the actions of some citizens reportedly vandalizing properties of companies operating in Liberia.