According to a Press release from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arabs Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed al Nahyan, has expressed interest in exploring opportunities to invest in Liberia’s agriculture sector. He said his country currently has agriculture cooperation agreements with several other African countries and is therefore keen on ensuring that Liberia benefits. He said that unlike others in the region, Liberia has a smaller population that could make collaboration between the two countries “more feasible”.
The Prince spoke when a delegation representing President George M. Weah paid him a courtesy visit during the annual International Defense Exhibition Conference (IDEX) taking place in the UAE’s capital. President Weah, who could not attend due to other pressing engagements, was slated to be IDEX 2019 guest of honor. The Liberian delegation comprised the Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Eugene Lenn Nagbe, and the Minister of State Without Portfolio, Trokon Kpui.
Minister Nagbe extended President Weah’s profound thanks and appreciation for the UAE’s many humanitarian gestures towards the people of Liberia. He made particular mention of the Middle Eastern nation’s recent sponsorship of 1000 Liberian Muslims to the Hajj in Mecca. He said the gesture manifested the cordial relationship between both nations. To this the Crown Prince said President Weah holds a special place in the hearts of many of his compatriots.
Minister Nagbe also nudged the prince to consider other areas of possible cooperation which are priorities for the Liberian leader. He named education and capacity building, tourism, economy and infrastructure, and health as areas that are crucial to his country’s development. The Information Minister told the Crown Prince that President Weah wants to ensuring that his personal bond with the UAE is translated into a mutual beneficial relationship for both countries.
Also speaking, Liberia’s Minister of State without Portfolio, Trokon Kpui, agreed with his colleague on the need for capacity development through education. Minister Kpui said the government will need all the help it can garner in order to develop its human resources.