Freedom to Develop
We are pleased to see the initiatives being developed by the State inthe areas of environmental protection and labor regulation. How fantastic, what a great testimony to the new government that the first executive order should be related to the environment. The re-evaluationof all concessions has been a brilliant move. This is a good sign that the natural heritage, health and welfare of the people may be safe the future.
Jubilation, as we know so well in Liberia, can be cut short instantly. Hopefully we do not overshoot the mark and venture into areas beyond regulation to State Control. With patience and good governance,we will triumph over the people and powers foreign and domestic that would do harm to Liberia's natural resource, exploiting them forshort-term gain on the backs of the citizens.
Increased State Control will always bring increased corruption.
Openly encouraging private sector participation in government is the model that we have before us. We have come through the darkness into the light. How fortunate we are when many African countries are still under military autocracy clothed in civilian clothes, crippling people's initiatives. By following democratic principles, that involve the people at alllevels in a transparent manner development of Liberia's Natural Resources will bring about a common good.
We believe that government should not shirk its duty to pursue development policies that emphasize the private sector as the engine of growth and expressed the hope that with these developments benefits will reach all in Liberia willing to work... You Monrovia boys may dream about your feet up behind a desk with the fan blowing you, dream on, but stay out of the way of the people who are ready to do what it takes.