MOCI, LBR Launch Website
As the Liberian Government is striving frantically to ensure that the business climate in the country is conducive where potential businesses would emerge that will add value to the Nation’s economy, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the Liberia Business Registry, LBR, has officially launched Liberia’s first on line business registry.Speaking at the LBR’s headquarters during the launch program at the intersection of Front and Nelson Streets in Monrovia, Deputy Information Minister for Technical Services, Boakai Fofana commended the folks at the Ministry and those at LBR for timely coming out with an initiative that would ease some of the burdens encounter by people desirous of venturing in the Liberian business community.
He stressed that the on line registration process as envisaged by the two government entities is just one of the many business friendly posture being exhibited by the Liberian Government and as such there is a need for the Liberians and others potential business people to access the the facility.
“The time has come, Minister Fofana said, for those in the business community to feel the friendly posture of the Liberian Government where hiccups experienced in the past will now be part of history.”
Deputizing for Information Minister, Lenn Eugene Nagbe, Minister Fofana challenges members of the business community to take advantage of the modern process of getting in contact with the LBR, adding, every information, opportunity that is needed for the establishment of business in Liberia is now at the finger tip of would be businessman of woman.
for her part, Liberia Revenue Authority, LRA’s acting Commissioner General, Decontee King-Sackie commended LBR for a job well done. She said the act of LBR has again proven that Liberia is ready for frank business. She said with the launch of the on line registration system, one needs not to come to the LBR from up-country to process, adding, “easily access the website and get the ball rolling as the country is gradually coping with the 21st century tenet of business registration.
“At LRA, we collect lawful taxes from businesses that are legally registered with the Liberian Government through the LBR and we depend on the data base of LBR in order for LRA to know the genuinely registered businesses operating in the country.”
Also speaking at the occasion was former Foreign Minister, Monie Ralph Captan who also challenged potential businesses to take advantage of the process as its intent is to ease some of the burdens encounter by the business community. “The act of coming from as far as Maryland to Monrovia to process business documents is over.”
He used the occasion to appeal to authority at LBR to ensure that the opportunity that is given the businesses community is maintained, adding, its maintenance will send a signal to the outside world that Liberia is now ready for business.
Speaking for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, acting Minister, Wilfred Bangura dedicated the facility to the wisdom of President Weah whose far-nearsightedness has helped to reduced problems one encounters to register a business from fifteen days to a day. Minister Bangura said having realized the burden and other difficulties faced by people trying to register businesses, the President proposed an idea to MOCI and LBR that has led to reduction of business registration massively through the availability of the on line registration system that being launched.
He then assured the general public that all will be done at the levels of MOCI and LBR for the maintenance of the facility that would always make the country and the business community more friendly.
Giving a brief oversight of the on line facility, LBR’s Director, Samson Dee paid homage to the President, George Weah for initiating a process that led to the realization of the on line facility. “This facility would not have been a success story had it not been the initial steps taken by President Weah to ensure that today LBR can boast of an on line registration facility something that is Liberia’s first since 1847”.
Referencing Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel Tweah, Director Dee stressed that the Minister was instrumental in ensuring that needed funds are available for the development of the website. He also assured the business community that the facility that has drastically reduced registration days from from fifteen to a day will be well maintained.