VP Boakai Wants Community Colleges Empowered:Sends 2 Kids To US Again
In an effort to attract foreign investment opportunities so that Liberia once again regains its economic growth following years of devastation, the Vice President, Hon. Joseph N. Boakai, has successfully concluded discussions with several business tycoons in the United States with a view to boost agriculture, health, education, mining and infrastructure in Liberia.
Addressing newsmen at his residence in Paynesville over the weekend regarding his recent visit to the United States, Vice President Boakai disclosed that trade and investment partnership between Liberia and the State of Arizona is crucial in fostering the country’s economic growth.
He told journalists that their visit afforded them the opportunity to learn about trade and investment in the USA and in developed societies in general, adding that the prime focus of the Liberian Government is business and education as well as building and strengthening new partnerships.
The Vice President also indicated that they held discussions with the Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges, Dr. Rufus Glasper in Phoenix, Arizona in order to borrow from his college the kind of educational system where business technology, cosmetology, trade and skills-training could similarly be offered in Liberia.
Those who accompanied the Vice President included: the Minister of Commerce and Industry Mrs. Miatta Beyslow, National Investment Commission Executive Director, Ciatta Bishop, an official of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce and Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States.
According to Vice President Boakai, toured a number of community colleges and held talks with the Maricopa officials on the development of curriculum and other essential programs to be included in the emerging community colleges in Liberia, which he believes could add flavor to the existing curricula in the country education system.
The Vice President, who is also a grass rooter said the community college program being introduced by the Liberian Government would give youthful citizens training, particularly those who are school drop-outs, or have not completed high school due to difficulties or age factors.
Vice President Boakai expressed the hope that following his visit to the USA, Liberians could benefit from programs that Maricopa Community college can offer in building the capacity of the Youth in Liberia in the areas of entrepreneurship initiatives, work force development and economic empowerment.
Meanwhile, Vice President Joseph Boakai has commended Dr. Alfred B. Curits of the Global Medical Relief Fund, a US-based charitable organization, for the safe return of children who left the country last year to seek medical treatment in prosthesis operations (False Legs)
The Vice President also announced the departure to the U.S. of two other kids suffering from limbs problems due to his intervention. The two kids who left the country over the weekend to the USA are: Cecelia Wilson, age 12 and Abigai Brown, age 15 both of whom are expected to be treated for similar medical operations.