As an African, I feel great pride and gratitude for Nelson Mandela accomplishments. As a business professional, I can appreciate the economic boost his story is giving to South Africa. As a Liberian, I can’t help but think, wait a minute… we have a compelling story of our own that we could be benefiting from, too.
Dignitaries and citizens from around the world joined hundreds of thousands of South Africans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late President Nelson Mandela.
What does it say when everyday Liberians sit idly in traffic as our leaders create their own lane with sirens and pass us by?
There is a rise in local giving among Liberians; a welcome development, especially in a time of economic crisis and deepening poverty.
As a country that missed out on achieving Goal 2 of the Millennium Development Goals: Reducing hunger by half by 2015, the road to achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 might prove a bumpy one for Africa’s oldest republic.
The practice of female genital mutilation, where some or all the external female genitalia is removed, poses a serious threat to the health of many initiates.
In the immediate term, focus should be given to investment in sectors that have the greatest potential to reduce the trade deficits, while expanding and improving Liberian entrepreneurship.
Over the last few weeks, President George Weah announced the decision to borrow funds through two loans to finance major infrastructure projects. With an already high debt portfolio, it doesn’t make economic sense to be borrowing such an amount now, especially so when the outlook of the economy is not positive.