Monrovia – President George Weah is upset about Liberia’s backwardness in socioeconomic growth, attributing it to improper application of technology.
At the seventh edition of Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Yokohama, Japan, President Weah admitted that Liberia backwardness is the result of lack of proper used technology to impact national development goal.
“This reality compels us to now pursue strategies, which will fast-track the integration of technology in all facets of our national life,” President Weah said.
“We have therefore decided to accelerate our efforts in this area in order to achieve our development goals in the shortest possible time.”
An Executive Mansion statement issued Wednesday, August 28, 2019 quotes President Weah saying, technological innovation, coupled with its proper application, is essential not only to solve socio-economic problems confronting Liberia, but also to mitigate political challenges faced by Africa as a whole.
Giving Africa’s current place in the global community and evolving realities on the African continent, President Weah said he was more than excited for the expanded version of the theme of the TICAD, “Advancing Africa’s Development through people, technology and innovation.”
He furthered: “The energy capacity in Liberia is very low, and tends to impede all efforts to stimulate the Liberian economy.”
“Currently, we do not have the level of power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure to attract industries that can significantly impact the unemployment rate. To compound this problem, our road networks are poor and inadequate.”
President Weah said the theme of the summit is a powerful proposition that renews his hope and the hope of his African counterparts for a brighter future for Africa.
Rallying support for this administration’s development program, the Liberian Leader told his TICAD audience that his government has realized that there are numbers of physical assets that are critical and essential to the success of the Pro-Poor Agenda.
These assets according to him range from roads; bridges and rail to telecommunication and high speed broadband internet connectivity, electricity for domestic and commercial consumption, machinery for mechanized food production and institutions for vocational training and human skill development.”
President Weah indicated that the combined functionality of said assets will determine the quality of life for citizens and residents in Liberia.
He maintained that Liberia’s presence at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) is a testimony of the excellent relationship existing between African nations and Japan.
He expressed gratitude over Liberia’s ongoing development cooperation with Japan, committing his administration to further strengthening bilateral ties for the benefit of both countries and their peoples.
The Liberian Leader hailed Japan’s contribution to Liberia, saying, “It would be remiss if, on this occasion, we did not reflect on some critical development and capacity-building programs that Japan has implemented, or is currently implementing, in Liberia through grant arrangements.”
At the same time, President Weah named grant for the reconstruction and expansion of the Somalia Drive road in Monrovia – now referred to as the “Japan Freeway”, food aid to Liberia, grant for the procurement and installation of a 10 megawatt generator to support the expansion of electricity in Monrovia and its environs; the grant for construction of the Liberia-Japanese Friendship Maternity Hospital at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center and training opportunities granted to more than 200 Liberians to pursue specialized studies at various Japanese colleges and universities among others.
Meanwhile, President Weah said TICAD provides yet another opportunity to compare notes with fellow African leaders and global development partners from Japan and other parts of the world, on the common good of mankind, particularly the fate of the African people.