Israeli Businessman Meets Pres. Weah’s Gov’t Officials

-Seeks Possible Investment In Liberia
An Israeli Businessman, Jacob Assayag, has arrived in Liberia in an effort to seek investment opportunities to boost the country’s struggling economy.
As part of efforts to fulfill his mission, Mr. Assayag has held high level talks with officials of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Government.
Although he arrived in the country recently, the Israeli entrepreneur has already met with Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor at her Capitol Building office and Commerce and Industry Minister, Professor Wilson K. Tarpeh at his Ashmun Street office in Monrovia.Mr. Assayag also met with the Executive Director of the Petroleum Regulatory bodyof Liberia, Mr. Edward Smith.
During separate meetings with the officials, Mr. Assayag echoed the historical ties that subsist between Israel and Liberia, especially the role played by Liberia at the United Nations (UN) in 1948 when its vote at the UN General Assembly consummated the creation of the State of Israel.
According to Mr. Assayag, he was in the country to search for ways and means to help Liberia in its rebuilding process, particularly under the new regime led by soccer legend, President George Manneh Weah.
He noted that while there are possibilities for investment in several sectors of the Liberian economy, he was more interested in the agro-industry, specifically local rice production and the telecommunication sectors, adding that any nation that does not feel itself, is bound to be controlled by others.
Mr. Assayag indicated that Liberia stands to gain more in producing its own rice than relying on foreigners for imported rice, which according to him, is sold at excessive prices.
In a rather assertive posture, the businessman added that he and his team were prepared to bring agriculture experts toLiberia to train students in an effort to increase rice production in the country.
Cognizant that technology everywhere in the world brings about development, the Israeli businessman pledged his commitment to working with the Weah regime to make Liberia advance its programs in technology by bringing investors to the country.
He expressed confidence in the ability of the Weah administration to improve the lives of Liberians; he also envisaged a brighter Liberia under the current regime.
Meanwhile, in separate remarks, Vice President Howard-Taylor, Commerce Minister Tarpeh and Smith thanked Mr. Assayag for the visit and assured him of government’s preparedness to work with International Investors, including him to change the lives of Liberians for the better.
Popularly known as Chez Jacky, Mr. Assayag is a philanthropist and a businessman who first came to Liberia in the 1980s and promoted Liberia’s arts and culture with support to the National Cultural Center, the Flomo Theater Group and several Liberian musicians, including the popular GQ-88.
He thanked everyone who facilitated his meetings with Government officials and made his stay in the country a success.
In June 2017, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu assured African leaders that Israel was returning to Africa and Africa was returning to Israel; he made the remarks at the ECOWAS conference in Liberia.
The Israeli PM Netanyahuwas invited by ECOWAS Authorities to attend the summit in Monrovia.

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