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Saturday, June 22, 2024

PRESIDENT BOAKAI DELIVERS STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS, URGES NEED TO FIX THE ECONOMIC CHALLENGES URGENTLY

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In his first State of the Nation address to the National Legislature yesterday, President Joseph  Boakai highlighted the pressing economic challenges facing the nation, calling for urgent attention and concerted efforts to address the recent slowdown in economic growth.

President Boakai began by acknowledging the economic headwinds that have impacted the nation, citing the period between 2022 and 2023 as witnessing a notable deceleration in economic growth, with the growth rate declining from 4.8 percent to 4.6 percent. The president underscored the significance of this decline, emphasizing that it is a matter of concern for all citizens and necessitates immediate action to reverse the trend.

The average rate of growth during this period, which stood at about 1.5 percent, further underscored the challenges facing the nation’s economy. President Boakai attributed this decline to a combination of factors, including an underperforming economy and the complex global geopolitical environment.

Throughout his address, President Boakai reiterated the need for a multifaceted approach to address the economic challenges, emphasizing the importance of both short-term measures and long-term strategies. He emphasized the revitalization of key sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, and technology, and highlighted the necessity of fostering an environment conducive to entrepreneurship and innovation.

In addition, the president stressed the imperative of attracting foreign investment, expanding trade partnerships, and enhancing the competitiveness of the nation’s industries on the global stage as critical steps in unlocking new avenues for growth and creating a more dynamic and resilient economy.

President Boakai also underscored the significance of investing in the nation’s human capital, emphasizing the need for comprehensive skills development programs, education reform, and initiatives aimed at enhancing employment opportunities, particularly for the youth. He articulated the importance of cultivating a skilled and adaptable workforce that is poised to thrive in the evolving global economy.

The president’s address was marked by a call for unity, purpose, and unwavering determination, as he urged citizens and legislators alike to work together in surmounting the current economic challenges and laying the foundation for a brighter and more prosperous future for the nation.

As President Boakai concluded his address, he expressed optimism for the future and called upon the nation to rise to the challenge with fortitude and vision, for the betterment of the nation and the generations to come.

The president’s address has sparked discussions across the nation, with citizens and stakeholders expressing a mix of concern, hope, and determination as the nation grapples with the task of addressing its economic challenges and charting a path toward sustainable growth and prosperity.

In his state of the nation address, President Joe Boakai addressed the pressing issue of Liberia’s struggling economy. He acknowledged the widespread unemployment and economic instability that plagued the nation, emphasizing the need for immediate action.

President Boskai recognized the pain and frustration felt by the citizens and stressed the importance of working together to bring about positive change. He called for the introduction and passage of legislation that would prioritize economic reforms aimed at fostering sustainable economic growth and job creation.

The President outlined a comprehensive plan to revitalize the economy, focusing on key sectors such as agriculture, infrastructure development, and foreign investment. He emphasized the need to diversify the economy and reduce its reliance on a few industries, which had proven to be vulnerable to external shocks.

To address the issue of unemployment, President Boakai proposed the implementation of various job creation programs. He highlighted the importance of vocational training and education, stating that investing in human capital was crucial for long-term economic development.

Furthermore, the President emphasized the need to attract foreign investment and promote a favorable business environment. He pledged to streamline bureaucratic processes, reduce corruption, and provide incentives to both local and international investors. President Boskai recognized that a thriving private sector was essential for economic growth and promised to create an enabling environment for businesses to flourish.

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