Uganda, Liberia To Foster Relations Through Trade And Investment

H.E Jewel Howard Taylor(3rd right) in a group with Minister Bahati, JOADAH boss Joel Aita and other staff

Entebbe – The Vice President of Liberia H.E Jewel Howard Taylor has rallied for exploration of trade and investment opportunities between Uganda and Liberia, which she says will also improve bilateral relations between the two nations.

“This is a new beginning for the Uganda-Liberia relationship. For me, this is now my second home, and I am grateful to be here with the ideas, innovation and creativity of the team, I believe Joadah will go across Africa as being one of the premier companies that provide housing and industry service,”. She said.

She made these remarks on Tuesday in Entebbe while commissioning the headquarters of Joadah consults.

She also said that the partnership was in line with what President had told her a while back in state house on the vision to make Africa and innovative self sustaining continent that we want it to be.

“As the president said a few minutes ago that we must not think only about our stomachs but we must think about building and innovating and making Africa what we want it to be. So I am glad to be a part of this story and I pray that God will let me live long enough to see it become a story across the African continent, may God give you grace, favour, wisdom and understanding wherever you go so that you will be able to traverse all the difficulties across Africa and come out successful in Jesus’ name, she stated.

H.E Jewel Howard Taylor signing in the visitor’s book after commissioning the JOADAH Consults headquarters on Tuesday

Joel Aita; the managing director of Joadah consults who was also present at the commissioning of the company headquarters said that together with their consortium partner; Development Infrastructure was invited by the government of Liberia to go and do investment in the country and they had a discussion with the vice president whom they requested to visit Uganda and also open the headquarters office as a sign of fostering a good relationship between the two countries.

Jane Adah; one of the directors at the company when asked by journalists what type of services the company offers, she had this to say. “We basically do design and supervision, consultancy services,” she explained.

She further stated that the company started was started in 2007 with offices in Kawuku along Entebbe road, and later moved to Bugolobi; a Kampala suburb. Adah stressed that the company is not only based in Uganda but also has branches in south Sudan, Rwanda, Malawi, and currently exploring opportunities in Liberia,  on the African continent, and also looking for opportunities world over.

The company currently employs 50 people with most of them based in the field.

Adah also concluded that as a company they are privileged to host the vice president of Liberia. “It is really a privilege because we think as a local company we didn’t deserve it. It’s really a golden chance, we are happy about it and look forward to working with the Liberian government if given the chance.

Ronald Afidra Olema; a Member of Parliament lower Madi constituency who is the board chairperson of Joadah group of companies in his remarks told journalists that the coming of the Vice President of Liberia to Uganda is a big honour to the country that says a lot about the bilateral relationship between the two countries which is very strategic in nature.

“The Vice President’s coming here is not just something that has happened. This was in return for their visit (Joadah) to Liberia to explore opportunities and the government of Liberia found it wise to make a follow-up visit following the first visit done three weeks ago by the delegation from Liberia led by engineers to see whether the works Joadah has done in Uganda is real,” he said.

He further said that he anticipates that there is going to be a big collaboration between Joadah and the government of Liberia in investment, and that the Vice President’s visit equally shows that her country is exploring investment opportunities in Uganda/.

Before commissioning the Joadah headquarters, H.E  Jewel Howard Taylor held bilateral talks with President Yoweri Museveni in State House Entebbe discussing investment opportunities the two countries can harness, and also a  united Africa with one open market with barriers for goods and services to move across the continent.

She later toured Namanve industrial park in Mukono to explore more investment opportunities that her country can tap into.

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