“Work to show Tangibles in the 21st Century” -VP Koung Urges South-South Parliamentarians

MONROVIA: Vice President, Honorable Jeremiah Kpan Koung in his first major address at an international forum since his ascendency on January 22, 2024 along with President Joseph Nyuma Boakai has urged members of the Parliament of South-south Cooperation to ensure tangible actions in this 21st century.

In a statement delivered at a two-day Parliamentary Conference on South-south Cooperation in Rabat, Morocco on February 16, 2024, copy of which was sent to The Analyst, the Liberian Vice President reminded the delegates that as the world navigates the economic landscape of the 21st century, it is imperious that South-South cooperation transcends a mere rhetoric and transforms into tangible actions.

“Our focus must shift towards facilitating the exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge to promote trade and foster economic cooperation.”

“In this regard, I urge all Parliamentarians present to spearhead the formulation of a Unified Trade Agreement, aimed at enhancing economic incorporation among our nations. Concrete actions are essential to translate our vision of South-South cooperation into reality and improve the livelihoods of our people,” VP Koung told the participants at the international conference

According to a dispatch from Rabat, Morocco, VP Koung further reminded Parliamentarians of how Liberia, guided by a foreign policy rooted in collaboration and cooperation, has consistently championed the cause of South-South dialogue.

He said: “We firmly believe that our national interests are best served through collaborations, and we remain committed to forging strong political and economic ties with fellow developing nations”.

The Vice President believes that South-South Cooperation holds immense potential as a catalyst for political consolidation, peace, and security.

According to him, this can be done by promoting cross-border investment and trade, reducing transaction costs, eliminating trade barriers, and deepening integration within regions.

The Liberian Vice President noted that Liberia stands as a testament to the transformative power of South-South mechanisms.

Through the support of regional governments during the darkest times, Liberia emerged as a beacon of democracy in Africa VP Koung told the Parliamentary Conference on South-south Cooperation.

“As we confront the challenges of today, we must embrace emerging and non-traditional partners in our quest for economic and social transformation. I call upon global partners and nations from Africa, the Arab world, and Latin America to seize new opportunities and commit to partnerships that promote inclusive development. While trade liberalization remains crucial, we must complement it with coordinated policy actions. This conference presents an opportunity to align our policies and chart a course towards collective economic prosperity,” he added.

Meanwhile, VP Koung has commended the efforts towards regional trade agreements including the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), the Greater Free Trade Area Agreement (GAFTA), and the Latin American Free Trade Association (LAFTA).

He also extended gratitude to the Government and people of Morocco for their leadership in advancing South-South cooperation.

VP Koung further said, “Liberia reaffirms its commitment to this noble cause and calls for concrete policy actions to drive the collective agenda forward.

South-South cooperation is based on the collective self-reliance of developing countries. It seeks to enable developing countries to play a more active role in international policy and decision-making processes, in support of their efforts to achieve sustainable development.

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