ERJ staff report (BC)
Monrovia – Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has challenged rubber processing companies operating in the country to shift their focus towards manufacturing finished products, reports The New Republic.
Sirleaf said that exporting natural processed rubber from Liberia had “come of age”, and adding value would yield “huge” results for both the country and the concessionaires.
President Sirleaf cited products such as polytanks, slippers and cooking utensils which are widely used in Liberia and nearby as making the country a “huge” market for consumable goods.
Sirleaf spoke at the weekend when she met with stakeholders in the agricultural sector, particularly those in the rubber and oil palm industries.
Companies in attendance included Firestone-Liberia, Liberia Agriculture Company, Cavalla Rubber Company and the Salala Rubber Company. Others were Golden Veroleum, Equatorial Palm, and Sime Darby.
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