Liberia invests in modern textile production centre
A modern textile production centre to be constructed in Kolahun, Lofa County, Liberia will be undertaken through its Rural Industrial program for the Promotion of Economic Empowerment with funding from the Government of Japan, according to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Monrovia.
The project titled the Lofa Women Weaving Centre is intended to promote the Ministry’s inclusive growth agenda by supporting the advancement of local production to fostering Small and Medium Enterprise (SME).
The centre will cover 3000 square feet facility, furnished with modern equipment, including power looms, industrial hand looms and polishing machines. The centre is expected to further expand the Liberian country cloth textile industry.
Commerce Minister Axel Addy said that he was delighted that the project is now on the verge of commencing. The Commerce Minister added that the project is a symbol of the potential of the private sector.
Minister Addy urged Liberians to change their consuming habits, adding that it can help build Liberia. They should begin buying locally, this is how they can build Liberia.
This is the first of several, Liberian Innovation Fund for Entrepreneur (LIFE) funded capital infrastructure projects being implemented by the Commerce Ministry.
The development of a facility dedicated to promoting the expansion of Liberia’s signature textile, known as Lofa Cloth” commonly called the “country cloth”, will stimulate the development of the sector and contribute to meeting the growing demand of the Lofa Cloth.
The Lofa cloth wearing will also encourage the citizens to wear the dress every Friday termed as “wear your pride campaigned”, launched by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her annual message.
The industry, according to the Minister, will not only be centred on cloth weaving , but the development of a cotton industry and the promotion of planting and harvesting of cotton fibre, which will reduce the reliance on imported raw materials and enhance value addition within the textile industry.
The project is a flagship project under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Department of Industry headed by Deputy Minister Ellen Pratt; and the Department of Small Business Administration headed by Deputy Minister Andrew Paygar.