Korean Delegation Paid Courtesy Visit On Minister Varpilah

South Korean Business Delegation Head Mr. James Hun
South Korean Business Delegation Head Mr. James Hun
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Monrovia, Monday, June 10, 2013: A 15-man high-powered Korean Delegation headed by the Chairman of the MAKE GROUP HOLDINGS COMPANY LTD, Mr. James Juhee Han, on Friday, June 7, 2013, paid a courtesy call on Transport Minister, S. Tornorlah Varpilah at the Ministry of Transport during which it held nearly two-hour interactive discussions with the Minister and senior staff.

 

Briefing Minister Varpilah and his senior staff including the Deputy and Assistant Ministers of Land and Rail Transport, Honorables Charles S. Nelson and Abu Bana Kamara, on the nature of the visit, Chairman Juhee Han said he and his delegation which comprises top Korean Business Executives including heads of major industries have traveled to Liberia chiefly to explore investment opportunities in many areas as Korea’s own way of contributing to the socio-economic development and reconstruction of Liberia following years of civil strife which ruined the country’s infrastructure.



He expressed his company’s interest in the transport sector. He said that plans are also underway for Make Group Holdings Company Ltd to invest in the construction of factories in Liberia to create job opportunities for Liberian youths, and build the capacities of Liberians in the engineering industry.



Chairman Han recounted the recent visit of the Vice President, His Excellency Joseph N. Boakai, to Korea during which he said 30 buses were donated to the National Transit Authority to help ease constraints faced in the provision of mass public transport services. He said his company has plans to offer training opportunities for NTA’s mechanics to ensure proper routine maintenance of the buses.

 

The Chairman said the visit to Liberia was a result of the implicit confidence they have in the current administration of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf which has created a secured and conducive business environment in Liberia.



He stressed that since their arrival in Liberia, they have had discussions with relevant state authorities which have been very encouraging. He intoned that once his company receives the needed cooperation from the government of Liberia, they are ready to do business in the country.

 

Receiving the Delegation, Minister Varpilah thanked the Chairman and Members of his delegation for the visit which he said indicates growing confidence of the international community in the present administration. He acknowledged that Liberian’s transport sector has challenges.



He informed the delegation that the Ministry of Transport has completed a National Transport Master Plan which contains a lot of investment options which investors could look at and identify possible areas of investments in the transport sector. He stressed the urgent need for the construction of bus terminals that could be done under a “Build Operate and Transfer” (BOT) Arrangement.



He urged the delegation to also explore the possibility of Marine Transport which will bring great relief to Liberian coastal dwellers. “Your group could even construct a five-star hotel in places like Harper or Greenville” Minister Varpilah stressed.

 

Concluding, Minister Varpilah expressed great joy for the Delegation’s visit to Liberia and constituted a technical team headed by the Deputy Minister for Land Transport, Hon. Charles S. Nelson to work with the team in finding the requisite responses to the many inquiries contained in a working paper presented by the team.


 

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